Drivers pay tribute to lost mate at Phillip Island
Teammates, fellow drivers and officials paid tribute to dead racing driver Stewart McColl in an emotional ceremony at Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit today.
McColl, 23, from Sydney, was killed yesterday when his Volkswagen Golf crashed during a qualifying session for round six of the Australian Production Car Championship.
Before the start of the first GTP race at 10.10 am, members of the Volkswagen factory team gathered on the start-finish line, flanked by representatives of meeting organisers PROCAR Australia, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport and the Phillip Island track operators.
The drivers, wearing black armbands, parked their cars on the starting grid and walked forward to meet the Volkswaqen team.
They then stood with them as a minute's silence was observed around the circuit.
The police investigation into the accident will resume tomorrow.
The police will compile a report for the Victorian State Coroner.
Personal tributes to Stewart McColl flowed throughout the day.
John Bowe, who had helped foster McColl's rising professional career by arranging a V8 Supercar test later this month, raced with the driver's name on the sides of his Nations Cup Ferrari today.
"I met Stewart some time ago and thought he deserved some help. He was a good natural driver and would have gone well," Bowe said.
McColl, who originally was from Newcastle, joined the Volkswagen team full-time this year, although he had raced for them briefly at the end of 2001.
He contested the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1999 and 2000, finishing third outright in the second season with a high score of pole positions and race wins.
He moved up to the more powerful Formula Holden series for 2001 and 2002, starting in seven rounds and recording two round wins.