Tributes pour in for Bakkerud
12 September 2011 – The European motorsport community is in shock on Monday following the fatal car accident of Christian Bakkerud. The 26-year-old Dane, who competed in GP2, DTM and the Le Mans 24 Hours amongst other events, was involved in a Wimbledon car crash on Saturday before succumbing to his injuries on Sunday.
Bakkerud (26 and living in Notting Hill, London) suffered brain damage after his Audi RS6 overturned on Tibbetts Corner roundabout near Wimbledon Parkside. Since the news broke, social networking site Twitter has been awash with tributes from fans, fellow drivers and colleagues.
‘We are very sad to hear about Christian Bakkerud’s fatal accident,’ reads an official statement from the Kolles Audi Le Mans team, with which Bakkerud competed at the legendary French race in 2009 and 2010.
‘Christian was a great and professional race driver, but principally a brilliant person. The whole team liked him very much and we have had lots of wonderful and unforgettable moments together. Many of our team members stayed in contact with him even after our collaboration.
By telephone calls, private meetings or his visits to race circuits we never lost sight of each other. This shows what a loveable person he was and that we were more than just business partners. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time as they have lost somebody very special. We are unbelievably sad about his death and we all will miss him.’
GPUpdate.net also extends its condolences to the friends and family of Christian Bakkerud during this difficult period.
Christian Bakkerud killed in road accident