Henry Surtees

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Henry Surtees
Henry Surtees (Parc Ferme).JPG
Surtees pushing his Formula Renault car out of Parc Ferme at Oulton Park in 2008
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1991-02-18)18 February 1991
Lingfield, Surrey, England
Died 19 July 2009(2009-07-19) (aged 18)
Whitechapel, London, England
FIA Formula Two Championship
Years active 2009
Teams MotorSport Vision
Car no. 8
Starts 7
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 14th in 2009
Previous series
2008
2008
2007-08
2007-08
2007
2007
2006
British F3
Formula Renault WEC
Formula Renault UK
FRUK Winter Series
Formula BMW ADAC
Formula BMW UK
Ginetta GT Juniors

Henry John Surtees (18 February 1991 – 19 July 2009) was a British racing driver and the son of John Surtees.

Career[edit]

Formula BMW UK[edit]

Henry Surtees finished his debut season in the championship 7th in the overall points standings, and second in the Rookie Cup. During a season in which the second half was dominated by fellow rookie Marcus Ericsson, Henry claimed one pole position (Thruxton), one race win (Donington Park) and two fastest laps (Rockingham and Snetterton) while driving for the very successful Carlin Motorsport team. The season was marred by penalties and a disqualification at Oulton Park.

Formula Renault[edit]

Surtees racing at Snetterton in 2008

After two races in 2007, Surtees moved up full-time to the Formula Renault UK series in 2008 with Manor Competition. Henry would go on to finish 12th in the championship, including a third place finish during a wild race at Silverstone's National Circuit.[1] He also competed in the Winter Series again, having finished 13th in 2007. He battled James Calado for the title, with Calado coming out on top.

Formula Three[edit]

Surtees competed in one race meeting during the 2008 season, in the final two races at Donington Park for Carlin Motorsport. Surtees revelled with a win and a second in his two races in the National Class.[2]

Formula Two[edit]

Surtees signed up to the revived FIA Formula Two Championship ahead of the 2009 season on 2 January 2009. He drove car number seven in the series.[3] He scored a podium in the first of the two races at Brands Hatch, coming third, and achieved a pole position at Brno. Surtees' results placed him fourteenth in the championship, at the end of the season.

Death[edit]

Henry Surtees at Brands Hatch the day before his fatal accident.

At Brands Hatch on 19 July 2009, during a Formula Two race, Surtees was hit on the head by a wheel from the car of Jack Clarke after Clarke spun into the wall exiting Westfield Bend. The wheel broke its tether and bounced back across the track into the following group of cars and collided with Surtees' helmet.[4][5] The mass of the wheel assembly hitting his head was 29 kilograms (64 lb).[6] The car continued straight ahead into the barrier on the approach to Sheene Curve, also losing a wheel, and came to rest at the end of the curve with its remaining rear wheel still spinning. This indicated that Surtees had lost consciousness, with his foot still pressing the accelerator.

Surtees was extricated from the car and taken to the circuit's medical centre, where he was stabilized before being transferred to the Royal London Hospital. He was pronounced dead later that day.[7] His death was attributed to severe head injuries, inflicted by colliding with the wheel rather than the following crash with the barriers.[8] Surtees' funeral took place on 30 July at Worth Abbey, near Turners Hill, West Sussex.[9]

In June 2010, a group of Surtees' school friends swam the English Channel in stints to raise money for charity in his memory.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Ginetta GT Junior Championship 12 3 0 3 6 236 3rd
2007 Formula BMW ADAC ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 2 0 0 0 0 24 29th
Formula BMW UK Carlin Motorsport 18 1 1 2 8 491 6th
Formula Renault 2.0 UK 2 0 0 0 0 13 22nd
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series 4 0 0 0 0 35 13th
2008 British F3 National Class 2 1 0 0 2 35 11th
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup Manor Competition 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Formula Renault 2.0 UK 20 0 0 0 1 203 12th
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series 4 1 1 0 3 113 2nd
2009 FIA Formula Two Championship MotorSport Vision 8* 0 1 0 1 8 14th

† As Surtees was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

* Surtees died during round eight of the sixteen round series

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (races in bold indicate pole position) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2009 7 VAL
1

7
VAL
2

12
BRN
1

Ret
BRN
2

Ret
SPA
1

15
SPA
2

Ret
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
DON
1

DON
2

OSC
1

OSC
2

IMO
1

IMO
2

CAT
1

CAT
2

14th 8

Henry Surtees Award[edit]

In 2010, the Henry Surtees Award was launched, to be awarded annually for the most outstanding performance by a rising motor racer. Its first winner was Formula Renault UK champion Tom Blomqvist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Silverstone (Ntnl), 30/31 Aug 2008". Racing Steps Foundation. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Carlin rookies shine at Donington". crash.net. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Surtees name returns to Formula Two". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  4. ^ Cary, Tom (20 July 2009). "Henry Surtees' death shakes motorsport world". telegraph.co.uk (The Daily Telegraph). Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ "F2 bosses to probe Surtees tragedy". thisissussex.co.uk (Kent and Sussex Courier). 22 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  6. ^ English, Steven; Glendenning, Mark (31 December 2009). "Loved and lost: Henry Surtees 1991-2009; Tribute by John Surtees". Autosport 198 (13): pp. 42–43. "People talked about Felipe Massa's accident in Hungary the following week. He had 0.8kg hit him, Henry had 29kg." 
  7. ^ "Surtees' son killed in race crash". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC News). 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ Noble, Jonathan (19 July 2009). "Henry Surtees dies after F2 crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  9. ^ "Funeral for racing driver Surtees". BBC News (BBC). 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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