Tributes pour in as British motor racing icon dies

MOTORSPORT legend Paddy Hopkirk has died at the age of 89.

The British racing icon, most famous for his 1964 Monte Carlo Rally win, has “passed away peacefully” on Thursday, a family statement revealed.

The husband, father, grandfather and motorsport legend died at at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, leaving his loved-ones heartbroken.

Hopkirk is survived by wife Jenny and three children – Katie, Patrick and William – as well as his six grandchildren.

A statement released by Hopkirk’s family on Friday read: “First and foremost, Paddy was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

“His passing will leave a huge hole in the lives of those closest to him.

“But Paddy also leaves an incredible legacy of motorsport and business success.

“His hard work in support of the British motorsport and wider car industry continued until his final days.

“His family, friends and fans will never forget his sharp wit and wicked smile.

“He brought fun and joy to anyone in his company and inspired many.”

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