Driver trying to break British land speed record dies at airfield

Driver trying to break British land speed record dies at airfield

A driver has died trying to break the UK speed record at an airfield.

The circumstances are being investigated after the incident at Elvington Airfield east of York on Thursday afternoon (October 1st).

Motorsport UK said it had worked with the organizer and North Yorkshire Police in the investigation.

A Motorsport UK spokesman said: “More information will be provided as soon as the first results of the investigation are available.

“Our thoughts go with the driver’s family who has been briefed, the organizers of the event and other members of the motorsport community present.”

North Yorkshire Police say they are investigating when they asked the public to stay away from the airfield at the time.

They told HullLive, “Just after 4:30 pm today (October 1st), police were called about a serious collision at Elvington Airfield near York.

“Officers are on site with the rescue service. Please do not try to access the airfield at this time.”

A crash with former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in 2006 also took place at Elvington Airfield, where the 50-year-old was in a coma for fourteen days.

The privately owned venue is an active airfield and also serves as a facility for driving, driver training, filming and other testing purposes for professional associations.



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