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John Cooper Challenge

Press statement: 09.08.04

It is with the greatest sadness that the organisers of the John Cooper Challenge record the death of competitor Darren Needham during an accident at Silverstone on Sunday (8 August).

Darren's car impacted with the barriers at Becketts corner on the opening lap of the ninth round of the championship. The race was halted whilst the emergency services attended the scene and, in agreement with the drivers, was not re-started.


The thoughts and sympathies of everyone involved in the John Cooper Challenge are with Darren's family and many friends over this tragic loss.

The championship organisers would also like to record their gratitude to the officials and marshals at Silverstone for their professionalism throughout the incident.

No other statement can be made at this time
 

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MINI2 Members - This is a very sad time for all involved with the JCC and Darrens family and friends- Please no questions or speculation on this or any other threads - Thank you for your understanding in advance

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Celebration of Darren

A Celebration of the life of Darren Needham will be held on Friday 20th August, for family and friends. No flowers, but donations would be welcomed for ‘CLAPA’ (Cleft Lip and Palate Association)., c/o Motorsport Office, The Old Bakery, 55A Belmont Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 8TE.


Please continue to respect the sentiments of Post #2 at this time but feel free to PM me with any queries regarding this post - Thank you - Glen
 

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Darren Needham 3/11/66 - 8/8/04

DARREN NEEDHAM 3/11/66 - 8/8/04

Following today's celebration of Darrens life I have re-opened the JCC meet threads


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The Darren Needham Memorial Trophy

As a tribute to Darren Needham a memorial race is to be held at Brands Hatch on 10th July 2005.

The Needham family will be present for this special event and have generously contributed holidays with James Villas for the winners of each class.

The race will be a non-Championship event.
 
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