Rally cancelled after death of driver
A motor rally was cancelled after a driver was killed and his navigator injured during the event.
Jimmy Girvan, 56, a former Scottish rally champion from the Inverness area, was killed in a crash at the Colin McRae Rally in Perthshire yesterday.
He died at the scene after the car he was driving collided with boulders and left the road, crashing into trees.
The accident happened shortly before 1pm during the forest stages of the rally on a section of the course known as Griffin, to the east of Aberfeldy.
Mr Girvan's navigator and main sponsor, Mike Ramsay, was cut free from the vehicle and treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
Police said his injuries were not serious.
Event organisers cancelled the rally immediately after the accident as a mark of respect.
The section of road where the crash took place was closed off to allow police investigators to examine the scene and safely remove the rally car.
A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, and the Health and Safety Executive was also informed.
Chief Insp Sandy Bowman, head of road policing in Tayside, said: "Our thoughts are with Jimmy's family, friends and wider motor sport community at this very sad time."
The rally is held in memory of Scottish rally champion Colin McRae.
He was killed in a helicopter accident in 2007, along with his young son, Johnny, and two friends.
Mr Girvan was a double Scottish rally champion and enjoyed a successful rallying career over the past 27 years, the event organiser said.
Coltness Car Club said: "He was an extremely popular, well-liked and respected motor sports personality and this tragedy has left fellow competitors and rally fans across Britain shocked at this unexpected loss.
"We are deeply saddened and shocked at this tragedy and wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jimmy's wife, family and wide circle of friends.
"Jimmy was an ebullient and popular member of this close-knit sport and was regarded as a superb ambassador for motor sport. We'll all miss him terribly."
Frank Lampard was RIGHT not to celebrate Manchester City's equaliser against Chelsea
All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Five reasons why Louis van Gaal is a worse Manchester United manager than David Moyes
Comment: Louis Van Gaal struggled at start of Bayern reign, but Manchester United's problems run deeper and Premier League is less forgiving
- 2 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God