UPDATE: Tributes paid to two friends who died following a collision at a racing event

Published: 02 January 2018

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UPDATE: Tributes paid to two friends who died following a collision at a racing event


Tributes have been paid to two friends who died following a collision during a racing event near Basingstoke.

Steve Dear, 64, of School Green, Reading and Shawn Rayner, 52, of Eton Wick Road, Windsor, both died at the Bramley Training Area on 29 December.

The car they were competing in collided with a tree shortly before 1.30pm. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Today their families have paid tribute to them.

Steve’s family said: “Steve Dear was a truly wonderful gentleman who won the hearts of all that came into contact with him. We as a family are devastated to hear of his passing whilst competing in the sport he and we loved, alongside his good friend Shawn Rayner.

“The overwhelming amount of messages of support from everyone that knew him have been incredibly touching and provided us with some comfort at this terrible time.

“The world has lost an inspirational father, loving partner and respected friend, brother and son. A man that always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, he will live on in our hearts and minds for the rest of our days. A true legend in our eyes, who leaves behind a legacy he can be immensely proud of.

“No words can describe the feelings we are currently experiencing so would appreciate some privacy during these tough times.

“I personally would like to thank the paramedics and organisers for doing all they could to help my dad and Shawn.  My heroes.”

Shawn’s family and friends said: “Shawn Rayner was a lovable giant that could put a smile on anyone's face. His personality was larger than life and he always wore his heart on his sleeve and what a big heart it was.

“Taken from us far too soon but doing what he loved and excelled at, he always said he didn't want to get old.

“I have known Shawn most of my life but only during the last seven years have I been close enough to call him my best friend. We were a team from the get go, both in the car and out. We came, saw and conquered in the car we built together.  He touched so many in the rally world and will be sorely missed from it. As the life and soul of our service park, it will never quite be the same.

“Shawn wasn't solely dedicated to his passion. He was a dedicated and loving son and a hugely respected friend to many, many people that he considered his extended family. A family he would go to the ends of the earth for without a second thought.

“The world has lost two of its great characters and most incredible human beings. 

“Thank you for the skids, the smiles, the rides and the memories. Keep smiling up there big man. Dad will call the notes for you, you just keep it pinned.”

Our investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing.



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