Gareth Roberts book of condolence online now image

Welsh rally co-driver Gareth Roberts has been killed following a crash in the Targa Florio rally on Sicily.

Roberts and Breen were in sixth place when the accident took place. They were competing in the event for the first time, organizers said.

As a mark of respect, a book on condolence has now been opened on Breen’s website – CraigBreen.com – where fans can leave their own messages for Robert’s family and friends.

A statement from IRC said: “On stage eight of Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia there was an accident involving car number 15, Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts, which resulted in the stage being stopped to enable medical crews to attend the scene.

“Despite their best efforts, Gareth Roberts succumbed to his injuries and the remainder of the event has been cancelled as a mark of respect.”

“It’s a very sad accident that reminds us that motorsport is dangerous,” IRC manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas said.

“Accidents can affect both driver and co-driver in rallying, and sadly, more often than not it is the co-driver who suffers – as we saw in 2005 on Rally Great Britain when Michael Park was killed.

The accident is eerily reminiscent of former F1 driver Robert Kubica’s crash at the Ronde di Andora rally in early 2011. While Kubica got away with his life, he has undergoe extensive rehabilitation, and has not yet made his return to F1 racing.