Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Rally cancelled after driver killed

A rally held in memory of late champion Colin McRae has been cancelled after a driver was killed

A motor rally has been cancelled after a driver was killed and his navigator injured during the event.

Jimmy Girvan, 56, a former Scottish rally champion from the Inverness area, was killed in a crash at the Colin McRae Rally in Perthshire.

He died at the scene after the car he was driving collided with boulders and left the road, crashing into trees.

The accident happened shortly before 1pm during the forest stages of the rally on a section of the course known as Griffin, to the east of Aberfeldy.

Mr Girvan's navigator and main sponsor, Mike Ramsay, was cut free from the vehicle and treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Police said his injuries were not serious.

Event organisers cancelled the rally immediately after the accident as a mark of respect.

The section of road where the crash took place was closed off to allow police investigators to examine the scene and safely remove the rally car. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, and the Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing in Tayside, said: "Our thoughts are with Jimmy's family, friends and wider motor sport community at this very sad time."

The rally is held in memory of Scottish rally champion Colin McRae. He was killed in a helicopter accident in 2007, along with his young son, Johnny, and two friends.

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