BRC: Ulster Rally called off after driver, 20, dies in crash

Timothy Cathcart/Dai Roberts compete during the 2014 British Rally Championship in Dumfries, Scotland.

Jakob Ebrey

Twenty-year-old Timothy Cathcart has died following a crash during the Ulster Rally in Northern Island on Friday. The race was part of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship.

Cathcart’s co-driver, Dai Roberts, had to be airlifted from the incident, reports BBCNews.

The remainder of the Ulster Rally was cancelled after the incident. The Northern Island Motor Club, which stages the event, released the following statement on Friday:

“It is with deep regret that the Northern Ireland Motor Club can confirm that 20-year-old Timothy Cathcart from Enniskillen, was sadly killed when his car left the road on the Fardross stage of the Ulster Rally. His co-driver, Dai Roberts from Carmarthen in Wales, was also injured in the incident and he is currently receiving hospital treatment.

“The local driver was competing as part of the British Rally Championship, on board a Citroen DS3 R3.

“As with all incidents of this nature, an investigation is now being carried out by the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and appropriate Local Authority.  The Northern Ireland Motor Club and the Ulster Rally Organising Team together with the sport’s governing body, the Motor Sports Association (MSA), are co-operating fully with the investigation. The MSA will conduct its own separate enquiry once the Police investigation is concluded.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with the event are with the family and friends of Timothy at this difficult time.

“We would ask that all respect the privacy of the families involved and the event volunteers.”

Earlier this season, three spectator fatalities also occurred during a British Rally Championship race at the Jim Clark Rally.