Jack Sears (1930 – 2016)
It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of double champion and cherished member of the British Touring Car Championship community, Jack Sears.
‘Gentleman Jack’ has been a popular and important part of the BTCC right throughout its near 60 year history, having seen it evolve from the British Saloon Car Championship which he won in its inaugural year of 1958 and again in 1963.
In recent seasons MSA British Touring Car Championship rookies have challenged for the ‘Jack Sears Trophy’, with which Jack helped to nurture and support the next crop of BTCC stars.
Everyone in the BTCC sends their condolences, thoughts and prayers to Jack’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The next Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event, which takes place this coming weekend at Knockhill (13/14 August), will be marked with a minute’s silence.
BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: “It is with great regret and genuine sadness to learn of Jack’s death. I really liked Jack a lot… not only as an extremely talented and inspirational racing driver, but more importantly as a hugely popular, humble and impressive human being. Jack loved this championship and continued to play an active part in the BTCC right up until his passing. He will be sorely missed by everyone involved in the BTCC, but our immediate thoughts are with his family and closest friends at this time.”