TV presenter Vernon Kay has shared a moving tribute to late friend Ian Trevor who passed away suddenly at the age of 61 last week.

Ian, who was known to his loved ones as 'Big Ian', was a beloved paddock character and security manager for Formula E. He and Vernon, 48, grew close in the early days of Vernon's career and had remained friends ever since.

Taking to Instagram, Vernon shared a moving tribute to his late friend as he shared a sweet picture of the two of them together.

He wrote: "I’m absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of my friend Ian.

"Ian was the close protection for all the @fiaformulae family but for me much more…Ian was the guy who looked after me when I was scouted by @selectmodellondon in Dec96’ at the ClothesShowLive.

"26yrs ago. We had a tight bond that’s unique with friends. Ian you’ll be greatly missed. Sending my love to his family. RIP."

Motorsports presenter Nicki Shields was also a good friend of Ian's, and commented on Vernon's post writing: "Devastating. He loved you Vern. Every time I’d chat with Big Ian, the 2nd thing he would ask without fail… ‘Nick, is Vern here yet?’

"A true legend with the most infectious smile and positive energy. He will leave a huge hole in the paddock."

Others in the motorsports world, and those who knew Ian from elsewhere joined those paying tributes on Vernon's post.

One wrote: "We only had couple conversations in the paddock last season but he was a truly lovely bloke. I'm gutted."

While a second added: "I knew Ian from when working with him at nightclubs when he was doing security, he was always a true gent and would do anything for anyone. I wasn’t expecting to see this today and I’m currently in shock."

Another wrote: "A true legend with the most infectious smile and positive energy. He will leave a huge hole in the paddock." With a third commenting "I can't believe it, such a huge loss for us all, I'll miss his bear hugs."

And someone else added: “No! Such sad news. What a gentle giant and a very funny and caring personality. He will be sorely missed by all. RIP."

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