Tom Walkinshaw, 64, the man who did most to promote Michael Schumacher’s first grand prix victory, died on Sunday after a brave battle with cancer.
Walkinshaw, the Scottish-born former racing driver, boss of Benetton, Arrows and Ligier F1 teams, founder of the TWR engineering empire and chairman of the Gloucester rugby club, was the son of a Scottish market gardener, who became obsessed with cars in childhood and began racing Formula Fords as soon as he could overcome early parental disapproval.
He rapidly developed a reputation as a quick and aggressive competitor, both on the track and in business, a reputation he was to keep all his life.
Walkinshaw rapidly discovered a penchant for running racing teams as well as driving cars, and formed his TWR business in the early ’70s, organising BMW and Mazda saloon racing teams, among others. His cars became known for robustness, speed, thorough preparation, and for being developed to the very limit of the regulations.