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It can all change’, F2 driver tells Times weeks before race tragedy

PUBLISHED: 17:01 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

TRAGIC: Times sports editor Joe Shackley with Henry Surtees just two weeks before the fatal race

TRAGIC: Times sports editor Joe Shackley with Henry Surtees just two weeks before the fatal race

A FORMULA Two driver who was killed in a freak accident during a circuit at Brands Hatch told the Times weeks earlier that anything can change in a race, writes Joe Shackley. 18-year-old Henry Surtees – son of Bromley-born legend John Surtees – was kil

A FORMULA Two driver who was killed in a freak accident during a circuit at Brands Hatch told the Times weeks earlier that "anything can change" in a race, writes Joe Shackley.

18-year-old Henry Surtees - son of Bromley-born legend John Surtees - was killed in the accident at the West Kingsdown circuit as he raced at 120 miles per hour last Sunday.

Fans from across north Kent and south-east London watched in horror as a wheel from another driver's car hurtled towards Surtees, bouncing off his head.

Just two weeks earlier, in an interview with the Times he said: "I take every race as it comes and focus inwards. It's nice to have people come watch you, but as a driver you just concentrate on what you're doing."

Henry, who was a member of Brands owner Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision F2 team, admitted there was extra pressure on him because of his father's achievements, but that he was keen to make his own mark on the sport.

"There's pressure from different parts, I can't tell dad that he's wrong too often. I do try though," he joked. "I've had it all my life and I just get on with the job in hand. In the end the results speak more than who my father was. I'm my own person. We obviously talk and he obviously has a big input but, in the end, I'm the one in the car and I'm the one who has to do the business.

"I take every year as it comes.


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