Sport In Brief: Rising Welsh star of rallying dies after crashing during Sicily event


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Gareth Roberts, who had been tipped for great things in the world of rallying, died after the car in which he was co-driver crashed during the Targo Florio rally in Sicily.

The Intercontinental Rally Challenge event was halted as a mark of respect for the 24-year-old from Carmarthen. The accident happened on the eighth stage. Roberts and his driver Craig Breen, had won last year's World RallyChampionship Academy title.

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