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Family pays tribute to Richard Lloyd

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FAMILY, friends and colleagues have come together this week to remember former racing driver Richard Lloyd who died in a 'plane crash last Sunday.
Mr Lloyd, 63, of Wappenham Road, Helmdon, team principal of Apex Motorsport in Buckingham, was one of five victims of the crash, which happened when the Cessna Citation 1 jet they were travelling in crashed into a house in Farnbor-ough, Kent, at around 2.30pm.

Mr Lloyd and the two other passengers, 54-year-old test driver David Leslie of Banbury, who had also been working for Apex Motorsport, and their colleague Chris Allarton, 25, who started his job at Apex just days earlier, were on a flight from Biggin Hill airfield to France for a car test session when the crash happened. The pilot of the aircraft, Mike Roberts, and co-pilot Michael Chapman also died.

This week, Mr Lloyd's wife Philippa led tributes to Mr Lloyd, who also leaves behind three daughters, Sophie, Chloe and Amy.

She said: "Richard knew so many people through his work, his racing and his previous connections in the music business and they have all been so kind. He always worked hard and achieved great things but was never one to boast. You may even say he was unassuming but people always knew when he was around.

"He will be hugely missed by so many people, but especially his family. The girls adored him and he played such an important and loving part in their lives. As a family we will always remember him as a remarkable and talented man who had a positive influence on so many lives. He will be sorely missed by all of his family including his beloved Irish terrier Ruby."

Harry Handkammer, Mr Lloyd's partner at Apex Motorsport, said: "Richard was the heart and soul of our company and it was his vision, knowledge and enthusiasm which have brought us to where we are now.

"David had been involved with us for many years as a friend, colleague and team mate. His contribution to Apex over the last 12 months cannot be under-estimated. His smile could light up a room."

Speaking of Chris Allarton, Mr Handkammer added: "It is particularly tragic when a young person's life is ended prematurely, and Chris was just at the beginning of his motorsport career. He was so enthusiastic about the coming season with Apex, and we know that he would have made a valued contribution to our team."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is currently looking into the cause of the crash.

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