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Ulster Rally: Tragic driver Timothy Cathcart had been due to join family firm today, father reveals

By Cate McCurry

A young rally driver killed on Friday was set to follow in his father's footsteps and start work in his property business today.

Timothy Cathcart is due to be buried in his home town of Enniskillen today. He was killed after losing control of his Citroen car at the Todds Leap Ulster Rally.

The 20-year-old's devastated parents, Ian and Karina Cathcart, told how their lively and outgoing son was to start working in the family business today, before his life was so tragically cut short.

"Timothy was extremely popular and was so well liked in every circle and in the community," said the driver's father. "He had such a old head on young shoulders and made friends so easily.

"There was no strife with him, he was the most perfect son anyone could ask for. It's such a waste of a life."

Mr Cathcart said his son was about to follow him into his property business today.

"It's just devastating, no words can explain. He was a fantastic, caring son with a unique character. He was a very mature, lively, outgoing and modest person and treated everyone the same no matter who they were.

"Timothy was a great rugby player and golfer – he definitely wasn't a one-trick pony. He really wanted to get into business and was looking forward to it," he said.

The fatal accident occurred towards the end of Special Stage 3, near Kell Road between Clogher and Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone.

The two-day event was cancelled as a mark of respect and an investigation is under way.

The Fermanagh man's co-driver, Dai Roberts, was seriously injured and was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where his condition was last night described as stable.

Police have launched an investigation, and the Motor Sports Association will conduct its own separate enquiry once the PSNI's probe has concluded.

Rev Sampson Ajuka from the Church of Ireland said: "It's been very hard for the family and it's a big shock for them. They will miss him a lot. He was so well thought of and had so much wisdom."

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