Tributes have been paid to Joe Tandy following his death in a road traffic accident at the age of 26.
Tandy won the Formula Palmer Audi title in 2005 before forming his own team – JTR – to compete in Formula Ford, with the team also expanded into British Formula Three last season and quickly establishing itself as one of its leading outfits despite the smaller resources of many of its rivals.
His fiancee's brother, Luke Temple, also died in the incident.
A Facebook page in Tandy's memory has been set up and can be found by clicking HERE
, while what follows are some of the tributes made from figures within the sport.
Joe Tandy Racing:
"Joe's loss is an immense blow for the team and, it goes without saying, for his family and many friends. All we wish to communicate at this stage is our sense of loss, and our absolute determination to move forward with both the JTR Formula 3 and Formula Ford teams, exactly as Joe would have wanted."
Bernadette Fitzsimons, on behalf of British F3 promoters SRO:
"Joe's death has left everyone involved with F3 in Britain in a deep state of shock. He was an extremely popular guy and the paddock will be a poorer place without him and his great sense of humour. He was a credit to his family, his team and to motorsport in general and they have all lost a very fine young man. Our thoughts are with Joe's fiancée Sophie, brother Nick and all his family, friends and colleagues."
Sam Roach, on behalf of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of GB:
"Joe was a talented, winning racer himself before he started JTR, and his enthusiasm and passion for the sport shone through everything he did. Everyone involved in Formula Ford in the UK feels his loss, none more so than me and my colleagues at RacingLine and Ford. Joe's family and friends have our deepest sympathies."
Jonathan Palmer, on behalf of PalmerSport and Formula Palmer Audi:
"Like his many friends at PalmerSport and Formula Palmer Audi, I was stunned and deeply saddened to hear that Joe Tandy lost his life in a road accident yesterday.
"Joe was quite an extraordinary person who had achieved an enormous amount in his tragically short life. I have no doubt he was destined to go on to do increasingly great things in motorsport and could quite likely have been running one of the leading Formula One teams in the years ahead.
"What I so admired about Joe is how he forged his way from humble beginnings through talent and determination, with good humour and his engaging personality, to make things happen for him and people around him.
"I first became aware of Joe when he was one of many mechanics on our PalmerSport corporate event programme at Bedford Autodrome and he soon achieved a certain notoriety by being the mechanic who was able to bring back the single seaters from the pits to the garage each evening at the greatest speed! Whenever he was chastised for it though he always had a cheeky grin and was suitably respectful and humble.