GT Cup front-runner Jeff Leadley has died following an accident during the second meeting of the season at Thruxton.

The FF Corse driver was involved in an incident at the Club Chicane during the opening race of the meeting on Saturday and was taken to Salisbury Hospital.

However, series organisers Bute Motorsport have now confirmed the sad news that the 55-year-old succumbed to his injuries in hospital this morning [Tuesday].

"It is with huge sadness that Bute Motorsport confirms Jeff Leadley passed away this morning, Tuesday 11 May 2010, following his accident at Thruxton circuit on Saturday 8 May," the statement read.

"The heart felt sympathy and thoughts of Managing Director Marc Haynes and all the Bute Motorsport team are very much with Jeff's wife Rachel, his family and race team FF Corse at this tragic time.

"Jeff was a front running competitor in the GT Cup Championship and had been with the series from its first full year in 2008. Jeff was enormously well liked and highly regarded by all those who knew him and competed with him. Jeff will be sorely missed.

"Bute Motorsport also extends their sympathy and thoughts to fellow GT Cup competitors and teams, the Marshals, medics and MSVR officials who attended the accident."

Crash.net joins the series organisers in expressing its condolences to Jeff's family and friends.