Brands Hatch marshal dies in serious crash after race car flips off track

The tragedy happened at around 3pm today at the track in Kent during a British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Car Championship event

A volunteer marshal has died after a car flipped off the circuit at Brands Hatch.

The tragedy happened at the racetrack close to Dartford in Kent today, and medics were unable to save their life.

It happened in front of horrified spectators during a British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Car Championship event.

In a statement BARC said it was “saddened” by the crash, which happened at around 3pm.

Police said officers were called to a collision between a car and a person on foot.

A Ford Escort is believed to have left the track and flipped into a section of fencing.

BARC said: “The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that as a result of an accident that occurred during a race meeting at Brands Hatch circuit today (Saturday 31 July), a volunteer marshal tragically lost their life.

“The rest of the day’s racing activity was cancelled.

“As with any major incident, the BARC is now working with the national governing body, Motorsport UK, and the local police.

“On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by loss of one of the amazing volunteer marshal community who do so much to enable the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends of all those involved.

“It is anticipated that the event will resume on Sunday.”

Motorsport UK said: “The race meeting was immediately suspended and Motorsport UK, together with the event organiser, has begun a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

“The thoughts of everyone at Motorsport UK are with the marshal’s family, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community who were present.”

Today’s incident comes just six days after British Superbike rider Brad Jones was placed in an induced coma following a crash at Brands Hatch.