Paul Warwick: a tragic talent

Paul Warwick: a tragic talent

Derek Warwick shares his memories of his brother Paul, killed 20 years ago just as he promised to break onto motorsport's greatest stage. Adam Cooper reports.

It's March 1986, and a cold grey Saturday at Silverstone. I'm there to cover the first club meeting of the season – Minis, Classic Saloons, even a VSCC Pre-War Handicap – but what I've really come to see is the first FF1600 race of the year, a minor non-championship event called the Derek Daly Trophy, which features a gaggle of new young drivers.

Inevitably the one who catches the attention is Paul Warwick, brother of British F1 star Derek. The 17-year-old goes on to win his first ever circuit race, but not without a fight with fellow rookies Kurt Luby and Derek Higgins. He shows some real spirit, and does so again the following day when he wins a wet race at Thruxton. "A dream come true," he says when I report his stunning debut weekend in Autosport.

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