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MSV statement: Karl-Heinz Kalbfell

Saturday, August 17 2013

It is with great regret that MSV confirms the death of Karl-Heinz Kalbfell following an accident at Brands Hatch today (Saturday 17 August) during the British Motorcycle Racing Club (BMCRC) meeting at the Kent circuit.

Karl-Heinz was competing in the Lansdowne Classic Series at the British Motorcycle Racing Club meeting when, during practice, he ran wide exiting Druids corner and lost control on the way down to Graham Hill.  He fell and was struck by another closely following rider who was unable to avoid the incident.  Kalbfell was taken by land ambulance to Darenth Valley hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Karl Heinz Kalbfell was a well-known and highly respected figure in the automotive industry, having served as CEO of Maserati and as an Executive Director of BMW, where he headed the Motorsport 'M' performance division. During his lengthy and successful period at BMW he was instrumental in the BMW-engined McLaren F1 supercar as well as their Formula One programme. More recently, he has been part of the senior management team at Group Lotus.

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of Brands Hatch owner MSV, commented: "I am deeply saddened to hear of this tragic news.  I knew Karl-Heinz, though not well, and had great respect for his achievements in the motor industry and particularly with BMW.  He was a really good guy who did a huge amount for motorsport during his time at BMW.  Karl-Heinz's passion for machinery and sport was demonstrated by his love for classic motor cycle racing and it is particularly cruel that he should lose his life enjoying his hobby, and one which has a good safety record too. I extend my deepest sympathies to Karl-Heinz's family."