Henry Surtees killed in Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch.
Tragedy struck in Sunday’s Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch racing circuit in Kent, England, claiming the life of English driver Henry Surtees.
Henry, son of John Surtees, the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion for Ferrari and seven times World Motorcycle Champion, was hit on the head by a wheel and tire from the car of Jack Clarke, who had spun and crashed into the wall exiting Westfield Bend on his own. The 18-year old driver, who had finished on the podium in Saturday’s race, was knocked unconscious, and flown to a London hospital.
Henry Surtees followed in his father’s footsteps and entered his first kart race at the age of eight in 1999. He won the 2000 Club Winter Championship at Rye House. In 2005 he won the Junior Gearbox Championship.
In 2006, Henry graduated into motor racing in the British Ginetta GT Junior Championship, scoring three wins and six podiums to finish third overall. The following season he stepped into single seaters competing in both Formula BMW and Renault series.
In 2007, he scored a win with Carlin Motorsport and finished seventh overall and second in the rookie standing in Formula BMW UK. Last year he raced in Formula Renault UK, finishing 12th in the championship. In the Winter series he was placed second with one victory and three podiums from four races.
Our sincere condolences to the Surtees family, and Henry’s friends and fans.