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Sad month for Motorsport fans

R.I.P. Dan Wheldon & Marco Simoncelli

With so few fatal accidents these days, it's sometimes very easy to forget that motorsport really is an incredibly dangerous sport. This has been brought home this month with the tragic deaths of two of Motorsport's finest competitors.

Dan Wheldon: 1978 - 2011

British IndyCar star Dan Wheldon died on 16th October from from injuries sustained in a huge accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and tributes have been pouring in from fellow racers and fans alike.

Dario Franchitti, who was confirmed as the 2011 IndyCar series champion after the race was called off, said: "I love hard racing but that to me is not really what it's about. One small mistake from somebody..."

"Right now I'm numb and speechless. One minute you're joking around in driver intros and the next he's gone. He was six years old when I first met him. He was this little kid and the next thing you know he was my team-mate. We put so much pressure on ourselves to win races and championships and today it doesn't matter."

Jenson Button, who knew Dan from his karting days wrote this: "Just woken up to the most horrific news. Dan Wheldon RIP... I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early '90s, a true fighter. We've lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy... I can't begin to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."

Unlike some websites, we aren't going to show the video of his crash, but instead a tribute to his life:

R.I.P. Dan - our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Marco Simoncelli: 1987 - 2011

One of the predicted future stars of MotoGP, Simoncelli had been in MotoGP for 2 years, with a very successful career and a title behind him in the 125cc and 250cc World Championships. He was well known for his crazy hair and exuberant personality.

In the 2011 Malaysian GP at the Sepang International Circuit Simoncelli was involved in an accident with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, and he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

R.I.P. 'Super Sic'

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more