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Jock Simpson: 1947-2020

Journalist, writer, PR man

It was very sad to hear this morning of the death this morning of journalist, writer, PR man and general all-round good egg Jock Simpson.

Jock, who had been in shaky health for some time, and had heart surgery last year, finally succumbed to a short illness.

His family have asked to make it clear that it was NOT novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

His involvement with the British GT Championship, Porsche one-make racing in the UK and latterly a key guiding role with the Bute Motorsport organisation and their GT Cup series meant that our paths crossed often, including at Le Mans where he was active in the press room until very recently as part of the Club Arnage group.

Bute Motorsport’s Racing Co-ordinator Hannah James offered these thoughts this morning:

We are devastated to report that our ebullient Jock Simpson passed away at home this morning following a short illness.

An effervescent character who was well known and greatly respected within our sport for his good humour, humble knowledge and ebullient passion for motorsport. Jock had been with GT Cup since the start and was a close confidant of Marc Haynes (our Founder) where his knowledge, enthusiasm and support helped create the character and values that make the GT Cup what it is today.

Jock’s commitment to the GT Cup was undiminished and even at our recent Media Day, he battled through the snow to join us and share his excitement for the season ahead with his jovial bonhomie as powerful as ever.

As many know Jock underwent heart surgery last year and had been struggling with ongoing related medical issues. It was these that finally brought out the chequered flag for this wonderful man. The family wish us to inform his friends that his passing is not related to the current Coronavirus crisis.

Whilst his passing is a huge personal loss to his friends within the GT Cup, it will also be throughout the paddock and on behalf of all his motorsport friends we send our sincere condolences and very best wishes to his family and friends at this sad time, he will be greatly missed by all of us.

Here at DSC, we echo all of that and more. Always cheerful despite the challenges that life threw at him in recent years ‘Jocko’ was always a pleasure to spend some time with.

I’ll remember him personally as one of the good guys, a guiding hand in my very earliest days working in motorsport, great fun, generous with his time and knowledge. He’ll be very much missed.