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Service for Indy champion Wheldon

Hundreds of people have turned out to a memorial service to remember British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon killed in a crash last month.

The Buckinghamshire-born driver died aged 33 after being involved in a 15 car pile-up at the Las Vegas Indy 300 on 16 October.

The memorial service took place on Sunday at the church in the village of Emberton, just outside Milton Keynes.

The service was attended by teammates, friends and family.

The church, which can hold 270 people, was filled to capacity and there were about 100 people who paid their respects outside the church.

Among those attending the service was Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart and racing driver Jenson Button.

A funeral was held on 22 October in Wheldon's adopted hometown of St Petersburg, in the US, where he lived with wife Susie and their young sons Sebastian and Oliver.

Wheldon won his second Indianapolis 500 earlier in 2011 after becoming the first Englishman to win the race for almost 40 years in 2005.

The car in which Wheldon won the 2011 Indy 500 will be stripped and put back together in the condition it would have started the famous race - then donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Wheldon died from severe head injuries when his car flew into the air and hit a safety fence.

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