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The world rally community experienced a great loss last week with the sudden death of journalist David Williams.

His website, worldrallynews.com, offered comprehensive coverage of rally from around the world. Motorsport fans will also be familiar with his books and stories he wrote for many publications, including World Rally News.

I was fortunate enough to meet David last year in Europe and we had kept in touch regularly since then. He was a generous and kind person with a passion for the sport and I am among the many who will remember him fondly. His friends and family will gather in London on Thursday to celebrate his life. Condolences can be sent to [email protected].

From World Rally News:

We are very sad to report that David Williams, world rallying's most respected journalist has died suddenly. He was 43.

David was found by friends in his London flat late on Wednesday night 17th August. He looked to be completely at peace. His radio was still on and it is thought he could have died while listening to the cricket Test Match late on Monday afternoon. Outside his great passion for rallying, it was cricket and rugby that he was devoted to.

The loss of David leaves motorsport much the poorer. He simply knew everything there was to know about rallying in all its forms.

He maintained a close contact with club level rallying in the UK, and competed whenever time and finance allowed. It was not just the sport's stars who interested him. Young, junior drivers and privateers were equally important to him. He loved to spot new talent and was proudest of being the first leading journalist to recognise that Sebastien Loeb was a world champion of the future.

David was a kind and thoughtful man whose colleagues all admired and respected him hugely.

While reading history at Oxford University, he was a member of the University car club and wrote reports for Autosport. After gaining a first class honours degree he was happy to join Motoring News - now Motorsport News - in a junior capacity.

His enthusiasm and already deep-seated knowledge quickly impressed everyone at the paper and it was inevitable he would rise to be its Rallies Editor. He held the position with grace and wit for many years before turning freelance and becoming a founder director of the essential website worldrallynews.com. David was also rally correspondent for The Guardian newspaper and magazines in Italy, Japan and Australia. He also edited the annual Rallycourse with distinction and wrote a number of books, including biographies of Colin McRae and Richard Burns that have never been bettered for their insight and elegant prose.

David is survived by his brothers, Richard and Julian and his mother Lindsay.
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