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Britons killed in Austrian mountain road crash 'were like brothers'

Published 25/07/2015

The crash happened on a mountain road in Austria
The crash happened on a mountain road in Austria

The mother of one of two Britons killed in a car crash on a mountain road in Austria has described the men as "like brothers".

Danny Hall, 25, from Ashford in Kent, and Josh Robinson, 22, died when their Seat Leon fell 1,312 feet from the Grossglockner High Alpine Road near the village of Fusch, 60 miles east of Innsbruck, yesterday morning.

The pair had been taking part in the Great European Rally, an eight-day drive through seven countries beginning in Belgium and finishing in Hungary.

Josh's mother Jennifer Robinson told BBC News he "meant more than the world to me," adding: "They were like brothers. It feels like I have lost two sons."

His father, Marcus Robinson, told the broadcaster his son was "kind, gentle, loving" and dreamt of becoming a Top Gear presenter.

He added the men had known some of the roads on the trip were "notorious for accidents".

He told the BBC: "As a father I thought don't be silly, be careful. But he was a young man with his own business about to purchase own house. His age was more like 25-26 than 22. He was very mature for his age."

The day before the crash Mr Robinson posted on his Facebook page that he was "feeling determined" to take on the Grossglockner leg of the trip with Mr Hall.

The 12,460ft Grossglockner is Austria's highest peak and one of the highest in the Alps.

On Wednesday the pair posted footage in which they told of the dangers they faced on the rally.

Mr Robinson said: "A biker's just been killed so we're kind of taking a bit of a pit stop - bringing it home though how dangerous it is."

In footage posted later that day one of the men said: "The difference in driving around, like, town where there's like a 50% chance you will die at high speeds, well guess what my friends, today there's a 100% chance you will die and it will f***ing hurt."

Yesterday the pair were thought to have been following a Porsche driven by a 42-year-old British man.

He contacted police after the men failed to turn up at a planned rendezvous with him or at a glacier further along the route.

Dover Athletic football club wrote on Twitter: "Our condolences go out to the friends and family of supporter Danny Hall, who tragically passed away today."

In a description of the event on its website the Great European Rally promises to make drivers "look like rally legends".

Organises describe the Grossglockner road as having 36 "hairpin bends".

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