Family mourns tragic young Blean racing driver Ryan Lawford
by Gerry Warren
Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of a popular
26-year-old racing driver and engineer from Blean.
Ryan Lawford was found dead at his home and is believed to have
taken his own life.
He lived in Blean Common with his parents Martin and Julie and
worked for a motorsport company where he was an engineer for a
touring car racing team.
But he was well known in local motorsport circles and previously
raced in the British Rallycross Championship, often at Lydden
He was a protege of local racing driving legend Will Gollop who
have him work experience at his G-Tech Motorsport workshops in
Whitstable when he was just 15.
Now retired from motorsport, Will said: "I only saw him the
Friday before he died and he seemed fine. He was actually teaching
me a few tricks with a lighting business project.
"He did work experience with me and I quickly saw he had an
talent for it and gave him a job when he was 16.
"He helped me run a race car, but got behind the wheel himself
as soon as he got the chance and had a natural flair for it. He was
a quick learner and really passionate about motorsport. I am really
shocked and saddened by his tragic death."
Ryan who died last Monday was an only child and grew up in Blean
where he went to the village primary school. He was later a pupil
the Chaucer Technology School in Canterbury.
He was working for Eurotech/Pirtek Racing as the number two
mechanic to touring car racing star Andrew Jordan at the time of
Tragic Ryan Lawford's
A message posted on the company's website said that Jordan's car
had carried a tribute to Ryan at the weekend's Autosport
Jordan told the website btcc.net: "I'd known Ryan since my
mid-teens – he worked for Will Gollop's rallycross team which I
drove for in 2006 and 2007. He was also a rapid driver and won
races in rallycross himself.
"He first worked for us here at Eurotech in 2008 and then again
all the way from 2010. We are all one family here. We don’t just
work with one another – we're best mates and he was a great lad.
This is so awful for everyone."
Another post on the UK Karting website read: "A wonderful lad,
special boy, great friend, inspirational student. No sense to it,
my thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan and his family forever, he
will always be in my thoughts."
An inquest has been opened into Ryan's death by the coroner and
adjourned to a future date to be fixed.
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