Tributes have been paid to a popular mechanic who worked for world-class racing teams.
Damien James Lewis, who lived in Lutener Road, Easebourne, died on September 1 in a crash in Adenau, Germany.
Damien had been celebrating his 40th birthday two days early.
His sister Ariane said Damien would be missed by all his friends and family ‘who are devastated by their loss.’
“Damien was away with the racing team he had worked for, Rebellion Racing, when the accident took place,” added Ariane.
A Swiss racing team, Rebellion Racing described Damien as a ‘humble character’. “Damo was a huge part of our team and his loss will be deeply felt by his many friends and his family.
“A very humble character, Damo had a quiet demeanour and a kind heart.
“He will be greatly missed not only for his contribution to our team, but for his warmth and personality. The world will be an emptier place without him.”
Damien was born in Godalming before moving to Cranleigh.
Ariane added: “He left school with the ambition of joining the police force but decided that wasn’t for him so he started working for Team Dynamics (Touring Cars) followed by a Fomula Ford team in Partridge Green. He worked his way up with various racing teams and was based in Walliswood for many years working for Lister Storm.
“He then got a job with Sebah/Rebellion Racing and travelled the world competing at the 24 hour Le Mans series and World Endurance Championship as a number one mechanic for one of their cars.
“He lived life to the full and was well known throughout the global racing world.”
Damien leaves behind his mother Linda, father John, step father Nigel, partner Marcie and her boys, sisters Karina and Ariane and brothers Nick and Joe.
Damien’s funeral will take place on Friday, September 25, at 11am.
A service will be held at Chichester Crematorium before going on to The Wheatsheaf pub in Midhurst.
His family has requested donations in Damien’s memory to go to The National Autistic Society or Epilepsy Action.
Donations can be given on the day or sent to Roger Poat & Partners in Duck Lane, Midhurst.
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