A tragic plane accident took the lives of 5 people outside of Kent in the UK today. Among the deceased were ex-drivers David Leslie and Richard Lloyd who were on their way to Nogaro for the FIA GT3 equalisation test where they were running the Team Apex Jaguar.
David Leslie had a strong driver career on the BTCC until 2003 when he started as a commentator in Eurosport for various touring car series. He had been Scottish karting champion as well asformula Ford champion.
Richard Lloyd raced Saloons in the 70s before switching to Sportscars with his own team, Richard Lloyd racing, where he raced group C Porsche 956s and 962s. He created Audi Sport UK racing in the BTCC and came back to sportscars running the Audi R8C program in 1999-2000 and then the Bentley EXP Speed 8 program in 2001. Lloyd had rebaptized the team as Apex Racing and was currently developing the XKR Jaguar for the FIA-GT3 championship.
From Planetlemans we extend our condolences to their families and those of the others deceased in the accident.