Two rally drivers have died in a crash at a private event hosted by a military camp in Hampshire.
Highly experienced motoring couple Shawn Rayner and his navigator Steve Dear, both from Berkshire, were taking part in a special stage rally at the former military camp of Bramley near Basingstoke, according to motorsport officials.
Details regarding the crash are unclear at this time.
Two Irish rally drivers have died in a crash at a private event hosted by a military camp in Hampshire. The pair of highly experienced motorists, Shawn Rayner and his navigator Steve Dear (pictured), both from Berkshire, were taking part in a special stage rally
Hampshire Police are helping event organizers investigate the crash.
It is unclear whether the driver, Mr Rayner, and his co-driver, Mr Dear, were driving their usual choice of car, a 41-year-old Ford Escort RS 2000, when competing in the Loco 2 Stage Rally on Friday.
A spokesperson for Irish club Donegal said today: ‘RIP to both lads and our deepest condolences to all their families.’ Your attitude and smile made you welcome visitors every time you came to Ireland.
Hampshire Police said they were called to the rally at the army training area shortly before 1.30pm on Friday.
The two drivers (pictured here in a previous competitive race) were taking part in a special stage rally at the former Bramley military camp near Basingstoke, according to motorsport officials
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “As this is a private event, on private land, officers are assisting the organizers of the event as their investigations into the circumstances of the collision are underway. Classes.”
“However, we can confirm that the two people in the car died as a result of the collision. Their relatives have been informed and are supported by specialized officers.
The Motor Sports Association, which controls rallying and racing in the UK, said: ‘Two rally competitors have died after an accident at an event near Basingstoke in southern England which took place produced on December 29 at Bramley Camp in Hampshire, the venue for the Loco Two Stages Rally, which was held there for the first time.
“Details regarding the accident are unclear at this time and the names of those who died have yet to be officially confirmed. We are working with organizers Sutton and Cheam Motor Club and the police to establish what happened.
The duo will compete in Donegal this year in their usual choice of vehicle – a 41-year-old Ford Escort RS 2000
A spokesperson for Irish club Donegal said today: ‘RIP to both lads and our deepest condolences to all their families.’ Your attitude and your smile made you welcome visitors every time you came to Ireland” (pictured: the couple’s rally car)
“We deeply regret that two competitors lost their lives following an accident during the Loco 2 Stages Rally – the competitors who tragically died were the driver and co-driver of a car. Their next of kin have been informed.
“As with all serious incidents in or around British motorsport, the MSA is now working with the event’s organizing club and the police to establish precisely what happened on this occasion. The MSA extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased crew.
According to the rally organiser’s website, the event featured eight stages on single-track roads in the closed military camp, north of Basingstoke.
The preliminary entry list published on December 19 showed 33 competitors.