The V8 Supercars family is in mourning after the loss of Jim Morton.Morton, who fielded cars in the development series along with a stint in the V8 Supercars Championship, lost his battle with the aggressive cancer, mesothelioma.
V8 Supercars is terribly saddened to learn of Morton's passing. His incredible passion and drive to foster new talent will forever be remembered.
Morton leaves behind a great legacy in Australian motorsport. He was an incredible mentor who gave many of today's great drivers a start.
From karting to the development series, Morton guided the likes of James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom, Michael Caruso, Warren Luff, Jason Bright and more.
V8 Supercars, its teams and drivers offer their sincere condolences to Morton's family and friends during this difficult time.
Jim Morton's family have provided details of his funeral.
Tuesday December 23 at noon at the Sunshine Beach Anglican Church, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach.
After the service there will be a wake to celebrate his life. A family spokesperson said, "Jim left a note with specific instructions that it was a happy wake with lots of Coronas. We will do exactly as he's asked, and hope that anyone that can't make the funeral do the same."
"Jim had friends and colleagues the world over and to help the family connect with the celebrations of his life we ask that they load photos of themselves with their Coronas on social media using the hash tag #coronaforjim"
Yesterday Aussie motor racing lost one of the great-unsung heroes, Jim Morton. Words can't express my thanks and sadness. Rest In Peace Jim. James Courtney (@jcourtney) December 19, 2014
Very saddened to hear that Jim Morton passed away last night. Great guy who I drove for back in my karting days. #RIPJIM Jason Bright (@iJasonBright) December 19, 2014
Thank you Jim Morton for all your support and friendship. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family. You will be sorely missed. RIP JIM Michael Caruso (@michaelcarus0) December 18, 2014