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Former Spanish Formula One driver and founder of the Campos Racing team, Adrián Campos, who helped to bring drivers such as Fernando Alonso and Marc Gené to prominence, died on Thursday at the age of 60 from “a coronary heart condition”.

“The Campos Racing team has learned with deep sadness that its founder and president, Adrián Campos Suñer, has passed away as a result of a sudden coronary condition which, unfortunately, he has not been able to overcome,” said the team.

Adrián Campos was a key figure in Spanish motor racing, where he started out as a driver racing in 21 Grand Prix races with the Minardi team between 1987 and 1988, although without much success.

Campos only finished two of those races and his best finish was 14th in the 1987 Spanish Grand Prix.

After retiring as a driver, he founded the Adrián Campos Motorsport team, currently Campos Racing, of which he was the director and which is diversified in the different lower categories of motor racing.

Drivers such as Marc Gené and Fernando Alonso, both champions with his team in Formula Nissan before triumphing in the premier class of motor racing, took their first steps in the team.

Campos was Alonso’s manager in his early years and brought the two-time F1 world champion into contact with Minardi, the team with which Alonso started out in the premier class of motor racing.

“One of the saddest days for the motorsport family. A driver and a great promoter of the sport. Thank you for dreaming of Formula 1. Thank you for believing in young people. Thank you and rest in peace,” wrote Fernando Alonso on his official Twitter account.

The message is accompanied by a photo of a young Alonso with a smiling Campos.

The deceased former Spanish driver had even recently taken part in a documentary about Fernando Alonso, with whom he was with until 2003, where he was confident of a successful return of the Spaniard to the grand tour.

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