• Mar 31st 2008 at 3:02PM
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Five people died Sunday, March 30th in a private plane crash in Farnborough, Kent in the UK. Aboard the plane were Apex Motorsport team boss Richard Lloyd, and former British Touring Car Championship driver David Leslie (pictured). Lloyd, who owned the plane, raced in the British Saloon Car Championship in the '70s, and then in the World Sportscar Championship with Porsches. Leslie was a long time driver in the BTCC for teams like BMW, Mazda and Proton.
Both men were killed when the plane experienced engine trouble just after takeoff and plummeted into a housing estate. Also killed were the plane's two pilots and an Apex Motorsport engineer who had been with the company just 12 days. They were headed to the South of France to set up the Apex Motorsport Jaguar that will be racing in the FIA GT3 Championship. Our condolences go out to the families of everyone on board.

[Source: The Times]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I read about this in one of the free papers they give out here in dublin, was quite a tragic story. The article how ever didnt mention that the occupants where related to the motor industry.
      The house which it crashed into was empty, the family where on holidays
      • 7 Years Ago
      The world has lost a great driving instructor in David Leslie. I had the pleasure of being his student at an advanced driver training course and at first thought this scraggly looking guy must be part of the groundskeeping crew. After about 20 seconds in the car he put that theory to rest, quicksmart.

      He was a great teacher with a knack for helping you quickly understand what you should be doing, and with the patience of Job. At the end of the course he gave us three students in the car the thrill of the day by driving through the slalom backwards faster than any of us could going forwards!

      My condolences to your family David, and thanks for making me a safer driver.
      • 7 Years Ago
      David Leslie has also done commentary for Europsport's telecast of the world touring car championship over the last few years, for anyone who has caught the telecast. Absolute tragedy for all involved. The one thing we can be thankful for is that the residents of the house the plane crashed into were away on holidays.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I feel for their families. Is it me or those who drive professionally should stay out of the sky? (McRae and these fellows)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats sad =(
      • 7 Years Ago
      ee-gawds! Was this pict taken before or after the crash?
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