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Henry Surtees, son of Formula 1 World Champion and motorcycle champion John Surtees has died after a freak accident during a weekend race at Brands Hatch. The 18-year-old was competing in a Formula 2 race on the U.K. track on Sunday when racer Jack Clarke crashed into a tire barrier ahead of him on the track. Debris from the shunt was sent back onto the racing surface, and one of the rear wheels of Clarke's racer flew off, bouncing off the helmet of Surtees and apparently knocking him unconscious. Surtees car then went straight off the track and into a barrier.

The race was red flagged while Surtees was airlifted from Brands Hatch, but doctors were apparently unable to save him at the Royal London Hospital.

Surtees, who had competed in Formula Renault and Formula 3 last year, had just claimed his first-ever F2 podium finish the day prior at the first race of the weekend at Brands Hatch. Thanks to all of you who sent in tips.

[Source: BBC News | Image: johnsurtees.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      God rest his soul, and bless his family.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All of that being said, God bless the Surtees family, and condolences to all who mourn Henry's death.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously ronEbear, why do you feel the need to hijack a thread about someone's untimely death with your douchery? Go play with yourself in private instead of here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nick, you have your beliefs, we have ours. Quit pissing and moaning and trying to promote your atheist agenda. We pray to a higher power in hopes there is a life after the single one we are given. This young man will never have children of his own, or have a grandkid to bounce on his knee one day. And poor John Surtees had the unfortunate event of outliving a child put upon his shoulders. Can you set aside your bigotry of not believing in a higher power and just send your condolences to a family that has lost a member? Please? Be human.

        God bless your soul Henry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        God bless the family? Are you kidding me? If there were any God that were blessing the family, then a ****ing tire wouldn't have landed directly on the kid's head and killed him in the first place. Yes, let's ask some "God" to bless the family when their kid dies in an accident like this. Genius.

        As for the accident itself, Formula 2 needs to really step up the regulations on the wheel tethers. There's no way that wheel should have sheared off that easily.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which one? The sun? Mother Nature? Allah? Buddha? The god of Wine Bacchus? The god of war Aries? Athena the goddess of war? Horus? Yahvé? The flying spaghetti monster? The invisible pink unicorn? TELL ME!!

        (if this post posts, i will eat my left shoe)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to say, the anti God crowd have become as obnoxious in recent times as the Shove-God-Down-Your-Throat crowd. This is about the death of a young man, not an arena to display your religious views.

        If you choose not to believe in a God, thats your prerogative, but there is a time and a place for everything and getting into it here is ridiculous. There will always be people in this world who DO believe in God and that their sentiments displayed here have their place but trying to convince the world God doesnt exist doesnt have its place in this topic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        (promptly starts eating shoe)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess those cars don't have tethers to prevent the wheels from flying off. Thought I remember something about the F1 cars having them. Guess it hasn't trickled down yet.





        • 5 Years Ago
        Formula 2 does mandate wheel tethers, but as we've seen in all forms of racing they're not failsafe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its usually sad to hear someone passed away, but this is especially so when its a young kid who had talent. He was too young, its too bad the world wont get the opportunity to see what he could have done.

      Rest in peace
      • 5 Years Ago
      Condolences to the Surtees. I was just thinking how John raced and won during a very dangerous era in racing. Basically no safety precautions with the cars and the tracks. And then add in the fact he was also a World Champion on motorcycles which included racing at the Isle of Man. I view him as one of the greatest figures in motorsport ever. I am truly sorry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rest in piece bud, truly sad for John. I can't imagine losing a son or daughter.
      Geez, cover the drivers head already. Didn't another famous driver get hit by a tire?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Condolences to his family.
      He died doing what he loved and I'm sure he didn't feel a thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Strange personal connection to this incident, Jack Clarke the driver whose wheel hit Surtees, was one of my schoolmates and friends at secondary school. That aside, my heart goes out to the Surtees family. This was a tragic, freak accident and I hope there will be a full and proper investigation into that wheel tether.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Condolences to the Surtees.

      Godspeed Henry!

      • 5 Years Ago
      no words can suffice for mr. surtees loss.mr.surtees was an individual i tried to emulate as ayoung biker and i still admire as a 70 year biker.i was disappointed when he made his transition from bike racing to formula one.i came to admire his talent and versatility.i am sure he is grieveing deeply,i know he is,my deepest condolences are expessed for his son and family, i have empathy and sympathy as i have also felt the sorrow at the loss of a teenaged son.may god bless and keep you,always.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it`s not the word death. Is it the word deadly?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess some people like to control what they read. Do sponsors have a say what kind of posts are made?
        • 5 Years Ago
        roof
        • 5 Years Ago
        Neither. Why are they censoring me?

      RareHero
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP. It's a sad day in motorsport when a driver passes away, especially one at such a young age.
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