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Moving tribute to a ‘true sportsman’

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Family and friends paid tribute to a ‘fun, hardworking, family man’ and ‘true sportsman’ at Skegness Stadium on Sunday.

Wayne Bourn, 32, died on April 11 after his car left the road and ended up upside down in a ditch on Leagate Road, in Anton’s Gowt.

On Sunday, Skegness Stadium, where Wayne raced GT Hot Rod cars, held a tribute event, attended by his family including his wife Kelly, children, parents and in-laws.

Stadium compére Richard Kaleta, a childhood friend of Wayne, said it was ‘a moving day’.

He said: “It was a very tearful day. All of Wayne’s family was there.”

Mr Kaleta paid tribute to Wayne, before balloons in the shape of two and seven (27), his racing number, were released.

People who attended wore orange – Wayne’s colours – and drivers also painted their cars in honour. Wayne’s two daughters and nephew presented trophies to the drivers.

Mr Kaleta said: “They were a true credit to Wayne. They had their tearful moments, myself and everybody was all tearful, but they found an inner strength to do this for ‘daddy’.”

He added: “Wayne’s father came to me at the end of the day and shook my hand and said: ‘We did him proud’.”

Mr Kaleta, who is seven years older then Wayne, said he grew up with him in New Bolingbroke.

He said: “He was just a fun, hardworking family man who thought the world of his family. As a driver he was very fair - he stuck to the rules, there were never any disciplinary issues with Wayne. He was a true sportsman and raced fair and within the rules. Wayne never had a bad word to say about anybody and nobody ever had a bad word to say about him.”

Wayne, of Cannister Lane, Gipsey Bridge, took up racing 14 years ago, and in 2009 changed his car to orange, taking the Gold Roof championship, the highest accolade he could achieve.

 

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