Words by Mike McGrath.

From the team of Kirkiston race scrutineers. Mike McGrath, Gary Barnes, Brian McLaughlin, Gary Dunlop, John Gardner.

We received a phone call this morning with some awfully sad news. One of our friends, a fellow Motorsport UK scrutineer, George Newell passed away unexpectedly overnight.

We worked with George for over ten years at various race meetings, sprints etc in Northern Ireland. George, a car mechanic by trade, had a great eye for looking at a competition car and spotting safety and/or regulation issues.

George had a relaxed way of pointing any issues out to a competitor and making sure problems were rectified before an event started.

He was a friend to all of us and enjoyed the banter and wisecracks found in the scrutiny bay. He always remembered to bring the apple tarts on a race day.

George was around all forms of motorsport for most of his life and was well know in the karting world. One of his sons, Aaron Newell was a recent 125 NI Superkart Champion.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Newell family, his wife, sons and grandchildren.

George was a gentleman and a gentle man.

Rest peacefully.

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