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Volunteer race marshal dies in Brands Hatch crash Volunteer race marshal dies in Brands Hatch crash
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The crash happened shortly before 14:55 BST at Brands Hatch race track (archive picture)The crash happened shortly before 14:55 BST at Brands Hatch race track (archive picture)
A volunteer marshal has died after an accident during a race at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit.A volunteer marshal has died after an accident during a race at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit.
The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) said it was "devastated" by the death, while governing body Motorsport UK said its thoughts were with the marshal's family. Kent Police were called at 15:00 BST on Saturday after a racing car crashed and hit two people.
An investigation into the accident at the Kent track has been launched. A man in his 60s, from Surrey, was declared dead at the scene. The second person on foot and the driver of the car were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The rest of Saturday's racing activity was cancelled but BARC said it expected the event to resume on Sunday. On social media Lewis Hamilton said he was "devastated" to hear of the death.
Lewis Hamilton, British Formula One driver and motor racing champion
He wrote on Instagram: "Devastated to hear of the passing of a marshal at the Brands Hatch Circuit.
"These volunteer marshals are what makes racing possible, they are heroes.
"My heart is with his family."
An investigation into the accident at the track in West Kingsdown has begun.
The rest of Saturday's racing activity was cancelled, but the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) said it expected the event to resume on Sunday.
In a statement BARC said: "On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by [the] loss of one of the amazing volunteer marshal community who do so much to enable the sport to take place.In a statement BARC said: "On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by [the] 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.""Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends of all those involved."
It said it was working with Motorsport UK and Kent Police following the incident. Lewis Hamilton paid his respects on Instagram
There were no suspicious circumstances and police were working with motorsport authorities to compile a report for the coroner.
Motorsport UK said: "The thoughts of everyone at Motorsport UK are with the marshal's family, the event organisers, and other members of the motorsport community present."Motorsport UK said: "The thoughts of everyone at Motorsport UK are with the marshal's family, the event organisers, and other members of the motorsport community present."
Kent Police said the force was called at 14:55 BST to a crash involving two people on foot and a car, adding that no suspicious circumstances had been reported.
Among the races scheduled for the weekend were events for the Britcar Endurance Championship, Classic Touring Car Racing Club, Kumho BMW Championship and Junior Saloon Car Championship.Among the races scheduled for the weekend were events for the Britcar Endurance Championship, Classic Touring Car Racing Club, Kumho BMW Championship and Junior Saloon Car Championship.
Last week British superbike rider Brad Jones was placed in an induced coma after crashing at Brands Hatch.Last week British superbike rider Brad Jones was placed in an induced coma after crashing at Brands Hatch.