The motorsport world lost a precious member, Paul Brown

Posted on Thursday, 18 October 2012 , 05:10:54 byEmil

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The motorsport world lost a precious member, Paul Brown

Unfortunately, the motorsports community is mourning one of its best drivers, Paul Brown who passed away a few days ago at only 43 years. Eight month after being diagnosed with skin cancer, lost the battle with this ruthless disease. Besides being a very kind man and a very talented driver, he was also a man with a keen sense of humor, ethic and loved sport. His father, a former racer, Kenny Broun, guided him towards motorsports and so, at the age of 16, Paul started competing in different autocross events. Later, he moved to the SCCA World Challenge and remained there for almost twenty years. He managed to finish in the top ten in more than half of the races he entered, thanks to its talent. Last year was probably his best year, managing to dominate the GTS class of the SCCA World Challenge. He won five races and captured nine top-five finishes. He also leaded more laps than all other drivers combined.

Even though he was diagnosed with skin cancer last year in March before the start of the racing season, in June he got behind the wheel for the last time managing to capture a podium finish. All duties were taken over by Derek Bell. He was aware of his prognosis, but he was determined to try to drive in the doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario in June. He wanted to feel all the thrills of competition and the companionship of his team and fellow competitors one more time. He managed to finish third in the first half of the doubleheader despite the fact that he did not compete in the last eight months.

His first job in professional racing was working for his father on the Saleen Autosport team in 1986. Now, he left behind a lot of family members including his wife and fellow racer, Carol Hollfelder.