Gareth Roberts, a co-driver taking part in the Targo Florio rally, died in an accident on the latest round of the IRC Series in Italy.
According to reports, the pair’s Peugeot 207 S2000 hit a guardrail while running in sixth place in round 5 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Saturday morning.
Breen was uninjured in the accident and no spectators were involved, but the initial reports said that the guardrail broke into the car’s cockpit on the right hand side and struck Roberts.
Targa Florio says on its Web site that nearby emergency crews responded immediately but Roberts died instantly.
IRC organisers: “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.”
This is the first year in which the Targo Florio rally has appeared on the IRC calendar, after it was introduced at the last minute to replace the Rally of Hungary.
Gareth Roberts: 1987-2012