A MAJOR investigation is now under way to find out what caused the crash which led to an East Staffordshire businessman losing his life.
Denis Welch died following a multi-car pile-up during the second Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy race at Silverstone at the weekend.
Now the Motor Sports Association, the UK's official motor sport governing body, is heading the probe to find out how the 69-year-old founder of Denis Welch Motorsport based in Sudbury Road, Yoxall, died.
A spokesman for MSA said: "The relevant authorities have been informed and a full investigation will be carried out into the incident.
"As with any serious incident in or around UK motor sport, the MSA, the organising club and the circuit operators are now working closely with the police and other agencies to establish precisely what happened.
"The MSA, the Historic Sports Car Club and Silverstone extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Welch, a well-known and respected competitor and car preparer."
His son Jeremy Welch, who took over the running of the family classic car spare parts firm when his dad stepped down eight years ago, said his father, who completed a foundry apprenticeship in Wolverhampton, had driven his Lotus on a number of occasions and no blame was being placed on the car's manufacturer
He said his 70-year-old mother Tina had gone to watch the race. He said he was comforted by the knowledge his father 'died doing what he loved'.
He said: 'My mum is devastated because her whole life was based around her partner and motor racing."