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‘Kind’ volunteer killed in Brands Hatch crash died ‘so soon’ after his wife

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Original article from Kent Live

Tributes have been paid to a "kind" and "talented" man killed at Brands Hatch racing circuit over the weekend.

A racing car crashed hitting two people on the track at about 3pm on Saturday (July 31) according to Kent Police.

Volunteer marshal Rob Foote in his 60s and from Surrey, has since been named as the person who died at the scene.

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The second person and the car's driver were taken to hospital for treatment.

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Epsom Coaches, where Mr Foote was a part-time driver, paid tribute to their "friend" on Facebook.

They said his death was particularly tragic as it had come "so soon" after the death of his wife Rosemary from cancer.

Steve Whiteway said: "It is with deep sorrow I inform you that our friend Rob Foote, has been killed at Brands Hatch, whilst serving as a volunteer marshal at the famous motor racing circuit.

A marshal was killed in the crash at West Kingsdown's legendary Brands Hatch circuit

"The crash… happened after a car spun off the track during a British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Car Championship event.

"Despite the best efforts of the medics, Rob died of his injuries.

"Rob was a highly skilled engineer and worked in the aircraft industry as well as his work locally as a motor vehicle technician.

"He represented the residents of Cuddington on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for many years and served as Mayor in 2014/15.

"He served on most of the Council’s policy-making committees as well as assisting many local residents with their concerns.

Rob Foote was a volunteer marshal tragically killed at Brands Hatch

"Rob also raised significant sums for his chosen charities. Whilst Mayor, Rob and his late wife Rosemary, launched Epsom Buses, Silver Service.

"Rob was perhaps best known to us as one of Epsom Coaches highly valued part time drivers.

"Rob's talents and kindness spread very wide and it was typical of him to be giving his time so freely to motor sport.

"Coming so soon after the sad loss of Rosemary to cancer, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and wide circle of friends at this difficult time."

Multiple Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was another to pay his respects following the news.

He wrote on Instagram: “Devastated to hear of the passing of a marshal at the Brands Hatch Circuit.

“These volunteer marshals are what makes racing possible, they are heroes. My heart is with his family."

After racing was cancelled on Saturday, a minute's silence was held on Sunday morning, with a crowd gathering on the track to pay their respects.

An investigation into the accident at the track in West Kingsdown has begun.

Last week British superbike rider Brad Jones was placed in an induced coma after crashing at Brands Hatch.

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