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Australian F1 legend Jack Brabham dies at 88

By Tim Hume, CNN and Matt Majendie, for CNN
updated 9:14 AM EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Australian Formula One legend Jack Brabham has died aged 88
  • Brabham is the only driver to win the title in a car he built himself
  • He won three drivers' world championships and founded a successful racing team
  • McLaren boss Ron Dennis said his achievements would never be matched

(CNN) -- Australian motor racing legend Jack Brabham -- a three-time Formula One world champion and the only driver to win the title in a car bearing his name -- has died aged 88.

Over the course of a 15-year Formula One career beginning in 1955, Brabham won three drivers' world championships, becoming the first Australian to win the title despite coming late to the sport.

The first two titles, in 1959 and 1960, were earned as a driver for the Cooper team.

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