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Name: Roger Williamson  
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Date of Birth: 29th July 1948
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Profession: Racing driver
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Roger Williamson (2 February 1948–29 July 1973) was a talented racing driver from Great Britain who was killed during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.

Williamson won the 1971 and 1972 British Formula Three Championship titles.

In 1973 at Zandvoort, in only his second Formula One start for the March team, the Englishman suffered a sudden tyre deflation, which pitched him into the barriers at high speed and catapulted his car 300 yards (275 metres) down the track. Though uninjured, Williamson's car came to a rest upside down and the driver was unable to extricate himself from the ensuing fire. The fire marshalls stationed at the corner where the conflagration was occurring were both poorly trained and badly equipped and stood idly by and allowed the car to burn. Only fellow driver David Purley came to Williamson's aid but he was unable to overturn the car. Dutch police, wielding batons, beat back members of the crowd who had begun to climb fences on to the track with the aim of assisting Purley's efforts. It was arguably the darkest day in the sport's history insofar as the incident encapsulates the senseless nature of so many fatalities in the sport in that era.

Williamson participated in 2 grands prix, debuting on July 14, 1973. He did not score any championship points.

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