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Silverstone classic car race driver dies after accident

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Image caption Denis Welch was driving in a race for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars at Silverstone

A driver has died after his car clipped another and rolled over at low speed, during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack.

Denis Welch, 69, from Staffordshire, was driving a 1960 Lotus, in a race for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars at the Northamptonshire circuit on Sunday.

Mr Welch was taken to the circuit's medical centre where he is reported to have died from his injuries.

The Motor Sports Association said it was investigating the accident.

A statement issued by the organisers on the Silverstone Classic website said: "All those involved in the event offer sincere condolences to family and the friends of Denis Welch at this very sad time.

"As with any serious incident in or around UK motor sport, the MSA, the organising club and the circuit operators are now working closely with the police and other agencies to establish precisely what happened."

The police are compiling a report for the coroner.

The MSA, the Historic Sports Car Club and Silverstone said deepest sympathies were extended to the family and friends of Mr Welch, who was a well-known and respected competitor .

A spokeswoman for Yoxall-based Denis Welch Motorsport, the firm Mr Welch ran before his son Jeremy took over, said workers were in shock after hearing of his death.

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