Marshal Rob Foote was killed following an incident within the Pre-93 and Pre-03 Touring Car race at a British Automobile Racing Club occasion on Saturday.

Simon Beament’s Ford Escort made contact with one other automotive alongside the Brabham Straight, which despatched his automotive veering to the left and it hit the obstacles on the surface of the circuit.

The automotive was then launched right into a sequence of violent rolls alongside the obstacles earlier than colliding with a marshal put up. Red flags had been introduced out immediately and the race was halted.

Foote, a 67-year-old former mayor of Epsom, died because of the crash, whereas Beament and one other marshal had been taken to hospital with damaged bones.

In a press release, the BMMC stated: “Robert was an everyday at Brands Hatch, Gurston Down and Goodwood and was additionally a scrutineer – he will likely be missed by all.

“We ship our sincerest condolences to his household, mates and colleagues. We additionally provide our due to all marshals, medical personnel and officers who had been concerned within the incident on Saturday.

“To all marshals who attended Brands Hatch over the weekend particularly and all different occasions across the nation we thanks to your excellent professionalism in extraordinarily tough circumstances.

“It was humbling to see the outpouring of optimistic assist from throughout the motorsport group in response to the incident – regardless of motorsport self-discipline and membership – we’re all marshals.

“The minute’s silence was impeccably noticed at many occasions on Sunday morning and plenty of racers sported an orange coronary heart on their automobiles in assist.

“Thankfully these occasions are uncommon however nonetheless stunning and devastating.

“Our orange family are devastated by the loss of one of our own this weekend – our hearts will need time to heal, our bonds will be stronger and we will pull together to support each other and continue our passion for motorsport.”

BARC chief government Ben Taylor paid tribute to these concerned in coping with the aftermath of the incident: “I’m actually grateful for everybody who handled the state of affairs in actually tough circumstances – the climate was atrocious – they’re all superb.

“Our concern is now for them to make sure they get the support they need and I would encourage people to reach out.”

Taylor stated it was a “really difficult call” over whether or not to proceed with the assembly on Sunday and “we thought long and hard about it”.

In the tip, racing did resume however no marshals had been stationed at put up two through the day.

“The response from everybody, not just at Brands Hatch, but you could see from other events and internationally that they felt he [Foote] would’ve wanted it to carry on, and that, in his honour, it should carry on,” Taylor added.

“It was very emotional at Brands Hatch for everyone involved.”

Jason West, winner of the Classic Thunder race on Sunday, stated: “I have to say a big thanks to everyone who put an orange suit on and allowed us to go racing today. It could not have been easy after yesterday.”

Veteran racer Rod Birley, who lives regionally to Brands, added: “I know a lot of the marshals and I had to race for them today. Our hearts are with them all here today.”

A full investigation into the crash is now beneath method.


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