Popular teenager with a passion for banger racing - community pays tribute to Kyle Warren after Pulham Market crash
Whereas many teenage boys would be playing racing games on an XBox or PlayStation, Kyle Warren - who was one of three teenagers who died in the devastating crash in Pulham Market this week - was doing it for real.
Even when he was in his early teens, Kyle would spend his weekends not only racing stock cars around circuits but literally getting involved with the nuts and bolts of the mechanics of the vehicles.
His teachers at Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) in Harleston, which he left in 2015, described how he would often come into school on a Monday morning with oil on his hands from working on a car first thing before arriving for lessons.
“He was a great lad who had a real passion for his stock cars,” said ASHS deputy headteacher Rob Connelly.
“He loved coming in on a Monday morning and telling me about what he had got up to at the weekend - and he told it with so much passion and energy.
“He had a brilliant sense of humour and was very personable. He was very caring about others. He wore his heart on his sleeve and probably wore his heart on his sleeve in every element of his life.
“He would’ve always done something with a smile on his face.”
“He was charming and, as a result, struck up great relationships with students and staff. He was really sociable and well-liked.”
His popularity was clear to see from the comments left in floral tributes and on social media.
ASHS headteacher Richard Cranmer added: “He had an enthusiasm for stock car racing and we all all worked hard to enable him to get the same sense of achievement and pride in his academic work.”
His friend Keri Soanes remembered Kyle well from when they grew up, as their families were friends and Kyle would often come round her house at weekends until he was about seven or eight years old.
They last saw each other a few years ago when Ms Soanes - also a stock car racing fan - was a spectator at an event in King’s Lynn, where Kyle was competing.
“I couldn’t believe how different he looked from when he was a child,” the 24-year-old, of North Lopham, said.
“I couldn’t believe he was banger racing and how big he had grown.
“He seemed happy and was getting on with his life, just like a normal young boy. He seemed to be enjoying his life. He was outgoing and loved being round his friends.”
“I can’t believe what’s happened. I was shocked. I cried and I later phoned his dad. He was a lovely young boy.”