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Ulster Rally: Timothy Cathcart's grieving parents to honour memory of tragic rally driver son

By Amanda Ferguson

The devastated parents of a young driver killed during the Todds Leap Ulster Rally have said they want some good to come from the tragedy.

Timothy Cathcart's loved ones have said they want to promote safety in motorsport following his death in Co Fermanagh last week.

A safety foundation in the 20-year-old's name is being considered. On August 15 the young competitor's car – a Citroen DS3 R3 – left the road and crashed near Fivemiletown.

His co-driver Dai Roberts, from Carmarthen in Wales, was treated in hospital for injuries he sustained in the smash.

In an interview with the Impartial Reporter, Timothy's parents, Ian and Karen from Ely Lodge, Enniskillen, said they were satisfied everything was done to ensure his safety, but the freak accident had robbed them of someone who lit up their lives.

Ian, a former rally driver, said: "For us, safety was paramount and we ensured he had a proper factory fitted spec car and he had a top co-driver."

The grieving father recalled the last time he spoke to and saw his son. "I spoke to him after he had a presentational start at the back of the town hall and a short service stage at St Angelo, and the last time I saw him was in Clogher when he went through to the third stage with his thumbs up.

"I had told him he doesn't have to win. He's a rookie and just to get the message across we were not pushing him. Dai and I would have been saying that to him."

Mr Roberts' brother died in a rallying accident two years. The Cathcart family is now considering the best way to honour Timothy's memory.

"We'd like to work with the motorsport organisations so that something good comes out of this that links in with the positive side of rallying," Ian said. "We want to support an organisation that would enforce safety in rallying."

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