Timothy Cathcart dies in Ulster Rally crash in County Fermanagh

Timothy Cathcart Enniskillen racer Timothy Cathcart was competing in the event as part of this year's British Rally Championship

The rally driver who was killed in a crash while taking part in the Ulster Rally in County Fermanagh was Timothy Cathcart from Enniskillen.

His co-driver, Dai Roberts from Carmarthen in Wales, was airlifted to hospital in Belfast following the crash. He is in a stable condition.

It happened on the Fardross stage of the rally on Friday afternoon.

The organisers of the event have cancelled the remainder of this year's rally as a mark of respect.

'Difficult time'

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has begun an investigation into the crash.

The rally is staged by the Northern Ireland Motor Club.

Fermanagh crash scene The scene of the crash near Fivemiletown

In a statement, the club said: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with the event are with the family and friends of Timothy at this difficult time."

It added that Mr Cathcart was competing in the event as part of this year's British Rally Championship.

"As with all incidents of this nature, an investigation is now being carried out by the PSNI and appropriate local authority.

"The Northern Ireland Motor Club and the Ulster Rally Organising Team together with the sport's governing body, the Motor Sports Association (MSA), are co-operating fully with the investigation.

"The MSA will conduct its own separate inquiry once the police investigation is concluded," the club's statement said.

'Deepest sympathies'

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott said: "The community in Fermanagh will be particularly shocked at this news.

"The young man is from a very well known and respected local family."

The Ulster Unionist MLA added: "It is so sad that this young driver has died while doing something he enjoyed so much.

"I wish to add my deepest sympathies to his family and indeed the wider racing fraternity.

"We also think about the co-driver and hope that he can make a full recovery."

Pierre Favre French rider Pierre Favre was critically injured during an Ulster Grand Prix meeting on Thursday

Northern Ireland Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín also said she was "shocked" to learn of the rally death.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of Timothy at this time.

"I am also thinking of the co-driver Dai Roberts who has been taken to hospital and wish him a full and speedy recovery from his injuries."

The minister also extended her thoughts to French rider Pierre Favre who was critically injured during an Ulster Grand Prix motorcycling meeting at Dundrod on Thursday.

"Motorsport is hugely popular in the north, but there are risks involved and these latest events underline this," she said.

"In light of these incidents, I appeal to everyone involved in motor racing events - competitors, marshals, organisers and spectators - to take the utmost care and pay due regard to safety."

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