Moss with co-driver Roy Salvadori, Goodwood Revival Meeting, Goodwood, September 2, 2007

Stirling Moss at Goodwood in 2007

Sir Stirling Moss has announced he is retiring from motor racing at the age 81.

Moss had been expected to drive a Porsche RS61 with Ian Nuthall in Sunday's Le Mans Legends race, but shortly after qualifying he told fans he was calling time.

"I was frightened before I even got in the car," he said. "This afternoon I scared myself and I have always said that if I felt I was not up to it or that I was getting in the way of fellow competitors, then I would retire. I love racing, but now it is time to stop."

A keen follower of technology, Moss also told his 14,000 Twitter followers of his decision. "It's official the white Patey helmet has been hung up for good. Stirling Moss has retired from competitive racing."

Moss was the leading British driver for a decade until a crash at Goodwood in 1962 ended his career at the top. He subsequently admitted the decision to quit then was premature.

He made a brief return in the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 but it was not successful, and since then he has been a regular competitor in historic racing events.

Last year he suffered serious injuries when he fell down a lift shaft at his London home.

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