Motor racing legends say goodbye to hero of the track

The coffin of Indycar racer Justin Wilson is carried by Mark Webber (far left) and Dario Franchetti (right) during his funeral at St James the Great Church in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 10, 2015. Mr Wilson died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania last month. See PA story AUTO Wilson. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The coffin of Indycar racer Justin Wilson is carried by Mark Webber (far left) and Dario Franchetti (right) during his funeral at St James the Great Church in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 10, 2015. Mr Wilson died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania last month. See PA story AUTO Wilson. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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JUSTIN WILSON, the Sheffield-born racing driver killed in an IndyCar accident last month, was laid to rest.

More than 500 mourners, including three-times world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, former Formula One driver Mark Webber, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, paid their respects to the 37-year-old in Northamptonshire.

Wilson, who competed in Formula One for Minardi and Jaguar in 2003 before racing in America for over a decade, died on August 24 after he was struck on the crash helmet by a piece of flying debris at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The racer’s coffin was draped in the Union flag as it was carried into St James the Great Church in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. His wife Julia and two young daughters Jane and Jessica followed for the 45-minute service.

Jonathan Palmer, the former Formula One driver, who played a prominent role in Wilson’s career, read an 11-minute eulogy in his honour.

“Today we have come together to say goodbye to a truly extraordinary man,” said Palmer, “A man who through talent and determination managed to be successful in his chosen career.”

Webber, who along with Britain’s former IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, was among the pall-bearers for Wilson’s funeral, added: “It was an honour for me to do that for the family because we are a family in many ways.”