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Surtees 'aimed to emulate father'

Henry Surtees with his father

A teenage racing driver killed in a "freak" race crash set out at the age of eight to emulate his Formula One world champion father John Surtees.

Henry Surtees, who picked up his first major trophy at the age of nine, was hit by a wheel that flew off a car during a race at Brands Hatch, Kent.

The 18-year-old had said his father had provided "fantastic support" for his career but he wanted to be his own man.

His motorsport legend father won the Formula One World Championship in 1964.

John Surtees, now 75, is the only man to have won world titles on both two and four wheels.

In an interview earlier this month, the teenager said: "My father has been a fantastic support for me throughout my career.

Ultimately I am the one driving, so it all comes down to me
Henry Surtees

"Of course we fall out sometimes, and I'm the first to tell him he's wrong, but it is fantastic to have him alongside me at the races.

"He is a great source of advice, as he was an engineer before he was a driver, and he really knows his stuff.

"The main thing for me though is that I have to be my own man - ultimately I am the one driving, so it all comes down to me."

Moved on

The Formula Two driver entered his first race at the age of eight and won his first major trophy the following year.

Within three years, he had moved on to faster 125cc races.

His achievements were all documented on his father's official website.

His own website, which was taken down after his death on Sunday, had listed Brands Hatch as his favourite circuit.

The teenager was flown to hospital after the crash at the weekend, but died later.

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