Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tragedy at Brands Hatch - Henry Surtees Killed in "Freak" Accident

On Sunday (19th July) I went with the family to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) event at Brands Hatch, Kent.

We had a very enjoyable day at the circuit with good weather interspersed with the odd shower, lots of close racing on track and plenty for little man to do off track (face painting, big slide, merry go round to name but a few).

As an added bonus former BBC F1 presenter Murray Walker was at Brands Hatch doing some promotional work on behalf of BMW who are one of the leading teams in the WTCC.

Despite his advancing years he is still extremely sprightly and kept both the large crowd and the BMW works team drivers he was interviewing entertained.

Unbeknown to Murray Walker or the crowd, a short time beforehand in the supporting Formula Two race, Henry Surtees the eighteen year old son of Formula 1 legend John Surtees had suffered fatal injuries in a "freak" high speed accident.

The news that Surtees had died of his injuries did not become public until Monday. An investigation is being held into the causes of the accident.

In the meantime I would like to proffer my condolences to John Surtees and his family.

1 comment:

  1. We've also visited this farm with our son, then 3, and had a wonderful day.