John Surtees has made a statement regarding his son Henry who lost his life in a racing incident yesterday at Brand Hatch while contesting the F2 series race. It was a tragic event and sober reminder of just how random and dangerous motorsport can be.
Henry Surtees was struck in the head by an errant wheel and tire that had bounced back on track from a previous accident. He lost consciousness and immediately caromed off the armco to a stop.
The world of motorsport mourns the loss of the 18-year-old son of former world champion John Surtees who said:
“Henry had followed his heart from the time he first sat in a kart,” said Surtees in a statement. “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.”