Henry Surtees 1991-2009July 22, 2009
Henry Surtees, 18 years of age and son to the only man to ever win world championships on 2 and 4 wheels, John Surtees, died Sunday in the F2 event at Brands Hatch in a freak accident involving a rogue wheel that flew across the track after fellow competitor Jack Clarke’s collision with the barriers at Westfield bend. The wheel caught Surtees square on in the head, instantly knocking the Englishman unconscious. The Williams built F2 then proceeded straight on through Sheene corner where the car collected the barriers, spinning to a halt. Safety crews responded immediately, extracating Surtees. Henry was stabilized then airlifted to Royal London Hospital where he was operated on by emergency teams.
Sadly, the injuries to his brain proved fatal and Surtees passed away later that same day.
My thoughts are with the Surtees family at this difficult time and the whole motorsport fraternity is mourning the freakish and tragic loss.
R.I.P Henry Surtees