Jack Sears, the inaugural champion of the British Saloon Car Championship, has died. He was 86.
Known as "Gentleman Jack", he raced in the BSCC, precursor to the British Touring Car Championship, for six seasons between 1958 and 1963.
In 1958, driving an Austin Westminster, he ended the season level on points with Tommy Sopwith. The title was decided in Sears' favour after a two-legged shoot-out at Brands Hatch at the end of the year.
Video: The 1958 title was decided by a shoot-out at Brands Hatch.
He was a class winner in a Jaguar in 1962, before winning the overall title for a second time the following year.
He also competed in the Le Mans 24 hours, finishing fifth in a Ferrari in 1963.
He retired from motor racing two years later after an accident in testing at Silverstone, and concentrated his energy on the family farm in Norfolk.
The BTCC launched the Jack Sears Trophy in 2013 in recognition of his unique achievement. This year it will be presented to the highest-scoring rookie driver in the championship.
Dave Newsham, who won the trophy in 2014 was among the first to pay tribute to Jack: