TRIBUTES are pouring in for Army Endurance Racing Team founder Laurence ‘Loz’ Williams, who succumbed to cancer yesterday.
The former racer hung up his leathers to undergo chemotherapy after a podium finish at No Limits Racing’s Croft endurance round in 2017, but could still be seen sporting team gear whenever possible in an effort to support the squad.
Now, friends, former team-mates and club officials have paid tribute to the paddock stalwart.
Chiefs from the Army Motorcycle Road Race Team, which Loz helped establish in endurance racing, said: “Like in life, Loz didn’t want to hang about, and decided that it was time to ‘get on parade’ to the next race.
“The team are truly heart broken and want to let his family and friends know we are all thinking of you. Loz founded the endurance team back in 2013 and supported it all the way to the end. We are going to miss you mate.”
Bosses at No Limits Racing, with which Loz was a regular, also admitted he was in their thoughts.
“No Limits Racing extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and team mates of Team Army’s commander and chief, Loz,” they said.
“Despite the knowledge of his personal battle, it does not lessen the effect of the impact of this sad news today and will continue into the new season.
“Undoubtedly the team, NLR paddock and club will be slightly that little worse off by the sad loss of such a long established club member, charismatic leader, individual and friend.”
Veteran pal and former team-mate Darryl Hodder, with whom Loz shared his final P2 finish back in 2017, said: “I lost a good friend and racing mate. He was fighting right until the end and will always be on track with us. Condolences go out to his family”
Another team-mate, Richard Spencer-Fleet, added: “I will catch you sometime in the future Loz Williams! I’ll keep practising down here until then…”
UK Clubsport also wishes to extend its condolences to Loz’s family and friends.
*Main image: Camipix Photography
*Side image: Team Army