The owner of a powerboat team has paid tribute to a driver who lost his life after an accident yesterday.
Mike Lovell received fatal injuries during the final round of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship in Weymouth yesterday.
Brookspeed team owner Martin Braybrook said:
“Mike Lovell always wanted to be a motor mechanic since the age of 14.
He joined Brookspeed in 2005 and quickly established himself as a vital member of the team in his position of Workshop Manager & Race Engineer, and thought nothing of working through the night if an engine needed rebuilding.
He had a warm and engaging personality, and was able to form a rapport with Brookspeed customers – often going that extra mile.
He was always keen to learn and grow his vast knowledge, and could pretty much turn his hand to any engine.
When the opportunity arose for him to be involved in the amateur racing he embraced it whole-heartedly, jumping at the chance to pilot the boat.
He loved every second of it – living his dream.
Mike was very popular and much loved by his colleagues and his peers in the motor racing community.
He touched the lives of many during his short time, and we all feel stunned at his loss.
There is nothing that can salve this great sadness, and love and thoughts go to his family and friends.
A powerboat racer from Southampton has died after his craft flipped over during a race, organisers said.
Mike Lovell, from Southampton, suffered multiple injuries in the incident in Weymouth on Sunday.
He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but race organiser P1 SuperStock confirmed he died overnight. His navigator, Dan Whapples, also from Southampton, remains in a serious but stable condition.
The pair were competing in the national powerboat racing championship in Weymouth Bay when the crash happened. This new footage shows the pair competing just before the crash.
"Peters & May's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Mike Lovell at this tragic time. We would also like to express our very best wishes to Dan and his family while we await news about his recovery."
The Royal Yachting Association has repeated an earlier statement by P1 after Sunday's crash. It reads:
Following a powerboat incident in Weymouth yesterday, Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples both sustained serious injuries and were air-lifted to Southampton General Hospital.
Overnight Mike Lovell sadly succumbed to his injuries. Dan Whapples is in a serious but stable condition. A further statement will be issued when more details are available.
John Puddifoot, RYA’s Powerboat Racing Manager, added: “The RYA is extremely saddened to hear of this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the whole powerboat community and particularly with Mike and Dan's family and friends.”
Two men have been flown to Southampton General Hospital. They were seriously hurt after a powerboat flipped over during a race in Weymouth Boy. One was transferred by an air ambulance whist our cameraman captured the moment the Portland coastguard helicopter landed with the other casualty.
Organisers of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship have cancelled the race. An inquiry has been launched by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.