It is with immense sadness that the BARC North Western Centre has to share the news that Chris O'Brien, a member of the BARC North Western Rescue Crew since 1985 passed away, on 22 June. A minute's silence was held at Croft Circuit on Sunday 26 June ahead of the BTCC event at which the Rescue Unit was in attendance.
The crew were joined by members of the TOCA Safety Team, DDMC Rescue unit, medical personnel and officials in tribute to the 37 years Chris spent with the Unit.
A minute's silence was also impeccably observed at the team's home circuit of Oulton Park during the BRSCC meeting on Saturday 25 June.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Chris started his marshalling career over 40 years ago. After a few years on the bank he was invited to join the Rescue Unit and was later joined by his brother Tom, who sadly passed away some 15 years ago. Chris was a key member of the crew and over the years was instrumental in the extrication and medical support of countless drivers, riders, officials and spectators.
His wealth of experience was vital in extrications and the training of new and existing crew. He was always available to provide some sage advice, but also embraced and introduced new approaches and ways of thinking.
Chris had an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things motorsport. He could tell you everything you wanted to know about the cars or bikes that were racing and the other championships that the drivers and riders had participated in.
A full tribute will be published in the near future.
Photo Credit: Marcus Andrews