TRIBUTES have been paid to the teenage motorcyclist who died after crashing during a race at Cadwell Park on Monday afternoon.
Benjamin Gautrey, 18, sustained ‘significant and serious chest injuries’ after falling on the first lap of a race at the track.
Benjami, was competing in the National Superstock 600 race at the British Superbike Series meeting, a championship he had only started competing in this year.
A statement from race organisers MSVR said: “On the first lap of the National Superstock 600 race at Cadwell Park circuit, Benjamin Gautrey fell on the right hand corner at the bottom of the Mountain section.
“He was unavoidably hit by two riders immediately following him, five riders fell in total. The race was immediately stopped.
“Gautrey, 18, from Southport, sustained significant and serious chest and head injuries, he was treated immediately trackside by the BSB Medical Team before being transferred to the circuit medical centre where further attempts to resuscitate him were made. All other riders involved in the incident were uninjured.
“Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.
“The full circumstances of the accident will be investigated by the MCRCB and the Coroners’ office.”
British Superbike Series director Stuart Higgs said: “I am so desperately sad that Ben died from the injuries he sustained at Cadwell Park.
“He was a really super young guy on his debut season at national level showing plenty of promise having won the Thundersport GB Moto450 Championship the previous year.”
Gautrey was a multi-talented sportsman with his career starting off in gymnastics, in which he represented Britain.
He then moved into the football arena for which he played at various club levels before moving into motorcycle racing in 2008.
He only joined the Metzeler National Superstock 600 championship this year, but had ridden two years in superteen, then the Thundersport doing the Aprilia RV450 Challenge Championship, which he won.
Social networking site Facebook has already been flooded with messages and condolences and a group set up in memory of the young motorcyclist.