Friday March 9th, 2001
The widow of the track marshal who was fatally injured during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix said at his funeral on Friday that her husband had died doing what he loved.
Graham Beveridge, 51, died after he was hit in the chest by a bouncing tyre which smashed through a gap in the
safety fence after Canadian Jacques Villeneuve's BAR car flew into the fence and disintegrated early in Sunday's
season-opening race at Melbourne.
Race winner and world champion Michael Schumacher sent a signed letter of condolence as did race runner-up
Beveridge, who leaves three children aged in their twenties, was a concrete worker and volunteer fire fighter.
"He was ecstatic when he was accepted to be a marshal," his sobbing wife Karen told the congregation at a packed
church in Bowral.
"He loved the sport and, while he knew the risks, the buzz he got from those race meetings only increased his
"He was killed doing something he loved. He wasn't in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"He was in the right place at the wrong time."
Formula One officials want to raise the height of safety fences and reduce speeds following the tragic start to the
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley was quoted on Tuesday as saying he was worried
that cars had proved far faster than expected at last weekend's Grand Prix.