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R.I.P Henry Surtees 1991-2009

Henry Surtees, the race car driver son of famous F1 and Motorbike world champion John Surtees has tragically died at the age of just 18 years in an accident at Brands Hatch this afternoon.

He was racing in the Formula 2 series, headed up by Jonathan Palmer and the cars produced by Williams Grand Prix Engineering.  Famous former drivers son’s are in the series, including Alex Brundle and Jolyon Palmer.

Surtess was hit on the head by a flying tyre from Jack Clarke’s crashed car, in a tragic incident.  Surtees was knocked unconscious, before his car smashed into the barriers at Sheene Corner at a high rate of speed.  He was clearly in trouble as his foot was stuck to the accelerator and no movement was seen inside the cockpit.

Medical crews acted quickly, and he was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital where he would tragically later die.

Henry, who will now sadly be outlived by his father John famous for being the only man to win world championships in Formula One and Motorbike racing, was a hot prospect for a future drive in the pinnacle of motorsport F1.

Surtees had driven in Ginetta Juniors in 2006, before going to single seaters racing with Carlin Motorsport in Formula BMW UK.  In 2008 he drove for Formula Renault, before graduating to the new F2 series for 2009.  He gained his first podium in F2 in yesterday’s Brands Hatch race.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Surtees family on this fateful day.



2 responses

  1. Great stuff thanks for posting that. I find Im reading your posts more and more.

    August 5, 2009 at 9:29 am

    • Hi Chloe, thanks for your support – its greatly appreciated 🙂

      August 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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