ROWLAND BRATT STATEMENT -- DAVID LESLIE Former saloon car racer Rowland Bratt wishes to express his, and his family's, sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and many friends of respected racing driver David Leslie who was...
ROWLAND BRATT STATEMENT -- DAVID LESLIE
Former saloon car racer Rowland Bratt wishes to express his, and his family's, sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and many friends of respected racing driver David Leslie who was tragically killed on Sunday afternoon, 30th March, following a fatal air crash near Biggin Hill in Kent.
As a close personal friend of David and his wife Jane for many years, Rowland, his wife Diane and son Will, have all been devastated by the news of David's untimely passing in the most tragic of circumstances.
"Words cannot express this tragic loss but we wished to express our sincere condolences to Jane, their two sons, Graham and James, David's father and the rest of the Leslie family", said Rowland, "They're a very tight knit family group and I can't begin to imagine the heartache they're all feeling.
"I am proud that David and Jane are two of our closest personal friends. Diane and I had dinner with them on Saturday evening and David was excitedly telling us about the GT3 test session at Nogaro in France, to which he was flying out with Apex Motorsport boss Richard Lloyd when the air crash occurred.
"David was really looking forward to that flight and also the test as he was hoping that, if all went well, it would offer the potential for him to race at an International level once again in Richard's GT3 Jaguar. He was so enthusiastic, a true ambassador for the sport and someone who earned huge respect from everyone he came into contact with."
David enjoyed his biggest motor racing success during the glittering super-touring era of the British Touring Car Championship in the 1990s when the BTCC became a household name with races screened on the BBC's flagship sports programme Grandstand.
The highlight of his 13-year touring car tenure came in 1999 at the wheel of a Nissan Primera when he becameBTCC Vice-Champion behind team-mate,Laurent Aiello. Throughout his BTCC career he achieved nine race victories and 35 podium finishes.
More recently, he had been competing alongside Harry Handkammer in the Britcar endurance race series alongside many other commitments including World Touring Car Championship commentary on Eurosport, Le Mans Series commentary on Motors TV and also work as a University lecturer.
"He used to chat a lot with my wife Diane, who is a teacher, about the work he was involved in as a lecturer", added Rowland, "David was that kind of guy, he loved to give something back and he always conducted himself with the utmost dignity. His loss is devastating. We're all truly shocked and saddened and our hearts go out to his entire family and his many friends."
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