F2 driver Surtees dies during race

F2 driver Surtees dies during race

Formula Two (F2) driver Henry Surtees has died in a car racing accident at Brands Hatch, according to police.

The 18-year-old son of 1964 Formula One world champion and multiple world motorcycle champion John Surtees died after he suffered a major head injury in the car crash.

Henry was knocked unconscious by the loose wheel from the car of Jack Clarke, while travelling at 120mph during the second of this weekend's F2 race at the Kent circuit. His car then collided with the barriers at the following Sheene corner.

Authorities have confirmed that a detailed investigation will be launched into the incident.

The teenager's father John, 75, who claimed multiple 500cc motorcycle world championships before winning the F1 crown with Ferrari in 1964, said his son would be "deeply missed".

Henry claimed his first F2 podium finish when he finished third in the weekend's opening race at Brands Hatch.

He secured a drive in F2 over the winter after a breakthrough year in 2008, when he contested the Formula Renault UK Championship and Winter Series.

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