SHOCK AT TRI­ALS FA­TAL AC­CI­DENT In­ci­dent on Devon trial leaves driver dead and pas­sen­ger in­jured

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Clas­sic trial, be­low

The clas­sic tri­alling fra­ter­nity has been shocked by the death of a com­peti­tor when his Mar­lin rolled over dur­ing Satur­day’s Ex­eter Trial.

At the time of go­ing to print, the driver had not been for­mally iden­ti­fied.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on the Woos­ton Steep hill near Drew­steign­ton in Devon as the car was re­turn­ing down the hill af­ter fail­ing to get to the top. The Mar­lin slid side­ways and then flipped over. As the car rolled, the driver and his pas­sen­ger were thrown out. The pas­sen­ger was taken to hos­pi­tal but the driver died as a re­sult of his in­juries.

Roger Ugalde, clerk of the course for the Mo­tor Cy­cling Club, told the BBC: “The car has been taken away by the po­lice for foren­sics to be car­ried out. It’s thought some­thing like this might have hap­pened in the 1950s but since then there has never been a fatality at an MCC event.”

A spokesman for the MSA said: “As with all se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in or around UK motorsport, the MSA is now work­ing with the even­tor­gan­is­ing club and the po­lice to es­tab­lish pre­cisely what hap­pened on this oc­ca­sion.”

Up to 300 cars and bikes were com­pet­ing on the 88th run­ning of the event, the first ma­jor trial of the year. From three start lo­ca­tions, com­peti­tors gath­ered at Spark­ford be­fore tack­ling 14 hills through Fri­day night and Satur­day. The Woos­ton Steep sec­tion, held in Fin­gle Woods, is one of the more chal­leng­ing sec­tions.

The Ex­eter Trial is one of three big events or­gan­ised by the MCC and can trace its his­tory back to 1910. Hills in the Fin­gle Wood com­plex have been run since the 1930s.

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