Son Of Former F1 Champion Dies In Racing Accident

by F1Fan on July 20, 2009

Henry Surtees son of racing legend John Surtees died of injuries sustained from a racing accident this past weekend.

He was competing in the second Formula 2 race of the weekend at Brands Hatch after finishing third in the first race. Jack Clarke, another competitor, lost control of his car going into Westfield Corner hitting the barriers, severely damaging the car and loosing a wheel which bounced into Surtees path hitting Surtees directly on his helmet, unconcious Surtees then ploughed into the barrier after Sheene corner. Surtees was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital trauma center but passed away from his injuries shortly thereafter.

Henry Surtees was only 18 years old and was already an accomplished driver having started racing in Karts and then going on to Compete in Formula BMW and Formula competed in Formula Renault before moving to F2. This weekend he acheived his first F2 Podium finish.

John Surtees, still the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels, released the following statement:

“Henry had followed his heart from the time he first sat in a kart. He treated seriously the balance between motorsport and school. Having just finished his A-Levels, the world beckoned and he was thriving on the freedom to concentrate on his motorsport.

“Despite bad luck in his motorsport, he had shown himself to be one with the possibilities of reaching the very top. Despite his young age he had shown maturity, technical understanding and speed.

“Most importantly he was a nice person and a loving son and brother. He will be deeply missed.”

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