One of Britain’s most promising young co-drivers lost his life in a crash on the Targa Florio Rally in Sicily in mid-June.
Gareth Roberts, 24, was killed instantly when the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 he was sharing with Craig Breen left the road on a fast left-hand turn and struck a metal barrier, which penetrated the front-right side of the car. Breen was treated for shock at the scene but was otherwise uninjured.
The event, a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, was cancelled as a mark of respect.
Several tributes have subsequently been paid to Roberts. Sébastien Loeb carried a tribute sticker, produced for crews on the Ypres Rally in Belgium – where Roberts and Breen had been due to take part – while hundreds attended his funeral.
Around and about, July 1989
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