State funeral to be held for racing car legend Jack Brabham

A STATE funeral will be held for three-time Formula One champion Sir Jack Brabham who passed away earlier this week.

The motor racing legend, who died at his home on the Gold Coast, was 88.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman paid tribute to Brabham in State Parliament on Tuesday where he announced a state funeral will be held in honour of the sporting legend.

"On behalf of the Queensland government I place on record our thanks for the years of service that Sir Jack gave to the Queensland community," he said.

"After speaking with Lady Margaret Brabham and conveying my condolences to her I have requested that a state funeral be held for Sir Jack Brabham.

"I extend my sympathy to Sir Jack's family and friends.

"My thoughts and prayers are with them in this very sad time."

Mr Newman said Queensland and Australia had lost one of its greatest ever sporting icons.

"Like the name of Bradman in cricket or Phar Lap in horse racing, the name of Brabham and motor sport are synonymous and will forever be indelibly linked not only here in Australia but all around the world," he said.

Brabham won the Formula One championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

His 1966 world title win was the first and only time a driver won in a car that they constructed.

He was knighted in 1978 and was named a National Treasure in 2012.

The date for the state funeral has yet to be announced.

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