A quiet weekend at Brands Hatch, the splendid scene of a historic race that saw Touring cars that have made motorsport history not only over the last twenty years, but even before, has turned into an unpredictable tragedy.
A marshal died after an accident at the British Automobile Racing Club meeting yesterday. The tragic event occurred during the Pre 93 & Pre 03 race for touring cars of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club.
Two drivers participating in the race made contact on the start-finish straight on the opening lap of the competition. One of the two cars crashed into the barriers after being thrown into the air by contact, and crashed into a post dedicated to marshals.
The race was stopped immediately to allow the doctors to take action and reach the scene of the accident. The helicopter rescue service also arrived on site after the call made at 15:00 in the afternoon for “An accident involving a car and a pedestrian”.
Shortly after 9pm last night, the British Automobile Racing Club issued a press release confirming the death of a marshal following an afternoon crash at Brands Hatch.
“The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that following an accident during a race at Brands Hatch today (Saturday 31 July), a volunteer marshal has tragically lost his life,” reads an official statement.
“The rest of the day’s racing activity has been canceled. As with any major incident, BARC is working with the national governing body, Motorsport UK, and the local police.”
“On behalf of all who are connected with BARC, we are devastated by the loss of one of the amazing community of marshal volunteers who do so much to allow the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with family and friends. friends of all involved. The event is expected to resume on Sunday. “
It should also be noted that the driver involved in the tragic accident on the straight was also taken to the hospital to reduce his leg fractures.