Tayside and Central Scotland

Rally driver Jimmy Girvan dies in competition

Jimmy Girvan
Image caption Jimmy Girvan, pictured at the same rally event last year

A driver has been killed in the Colin McRae Forest Stages car rally in Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

The event was cancelled following the death, at about 1245 BST on Saturday, of Jimmy Girvan, 56.

The former Scottish Rally Champion's Subaru Impreza collided with boulders and then crashed into trees at the Griffin section of the course.

Mr Girvan's navigator, Mike Ramsay, was cut free from the vehicle, but he was not seriously hurt.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he was treated for an arm injury.

The rally is held in memory of world championship winning rally driver McRae who died in a helicopter crash three years ago.

Tayside Police said the event's chief medical officer pronounced Mr Girvan, who is from the Inverness area, dead at the scene.

Rally organisers cancelled the event straight after the accident as a mark of respect.

The section of road where the collision took place has been closed off to allow Tayside Police crash investigators to examine the scene and safely remove the rally car.

Tayside Police's Ch Insp Sandy Bowman said: ''Our thoughts are with Jimmy's family, friends and wider motor sport community at this very sad time.''

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal and the Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.

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