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Tribute by karter for Essex Formula 1 racer

Tribute by karter for Essex Formula 1 racer
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A Formula 1 driver buried in Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex has been commemorated in a striking livery of an Essex go-kart racer

He has done this as tribute to two F1 drivers. Piers Courage was killed 45 years ago in a crash at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. Scott Huntley, 13, from Danbury has just moved up to the Cadet class to Junior in the EasyKart national championships. Piers was born in Colchester and brought up in Shenfield, the next village to where Scott was brought up when young in Hutton. Half the kart is in a Williams red, Tomaso the other in Bruce McLarens car in orange. Both carry their numbers from the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix. Bruce McLaren was also killed, just 19 days before Piers. They were good friends. Courage was heir to the Courage Brewery and turned that down for the love of racing. Stephen's (Scott's dad) uncle, Maurice Lee a championship winning rally driver, saw Courage and McLaren in European F1 races in the 1960's. Stephen said Piers was know as the last of the gentleman racers and should be remembered. Piers was the first F1 driver from Essex, followed by Johnny Herbert, Brentwood, Perry McCarthy, Billericay/ Brentwood, Will Stevens, Rochford and now Allex Lynn who is a development driver for Williams F1. Piers' widow, Lady Sarah Aspinall spoke to Stephen and fully supports Scott an sais' It's just a wonderful idea. On the actual anniversary Scott laid a winners laurel wreath made from leaves in his garden on Pier's Grave. Scott has been a Junior Team McLaren member for three years and has been invited on Friday 3rd July for a VIP behind the scenes visit to McLaren F1 HQ at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey. On the first race weekend with the new livery at Clay Pigeon in Dorset, just gone, he just missed out on a podium. He was in 3rd for 16 laps when the boy behind him pushed him off the track just yards from the finish line recovering getting a 4th.

Stephen Huntley

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