John Surtees World Champion Visits TeamSport Crawley
World Champion Driver Pays TeamSport Crawley A Visit
John Surtees is truly a unique in motorsport. Riding for the celebrated MV Agusta, he won seven World Championships between 1956 and 1960
. Then, with nothing left to prove, he made the transition from two wheels to four, winning the Formula One World Championship with Ferrari in 1964, he still remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels!
During his remarkable racing career he won 290 of the 621 races he entered and claimed a further 103 podium finishes, recording 48 fastest laps and 100 record laps along the way.
An out-and-out professional, with a strong independent streak, he took on all-comers to win seven World Championships on motorcycles, one Formula One world drivers' title and the North American Can-Am Championship for Sports cars.
John's son, Henry Surtees had been participating in motorsport since the age of 8. He had his first Kart race at the Camberley Kart Club's Blackbushe event winning the Novice Class. He also won on his first event in cars with a Junior Ginetta at Snetterton. His career in Comer Cadet, Formula Junior Rotax, Formula Junior Gearbox, Ginetta, Formula Renault and one Formula 3 race, brought his race wins in every category and some championships. He was widely tipped as a star of the future. But sadly, at the age of 18 he was tragically killed driving in the new Formular 2 class at Brands Hatch in a totally freak accident, where he was hit by a wheel off of another competitors car.
The Henry Surtees Foundation is a brain and physical injury charity that was set up following the death of Surtees in the crash in 2009.
If would like to make a donation to the Henry Surtees Foundation you can do so here www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/henrysurteesfoundation