Highlands & Islands

Man dies during Nigg banger derby

generic image of banger racing
Image caption Banger races are usually held on dirt or tarmac tracks

A driver has died during a private motor racing event in the Highlands, police have said.

The 48-year-old man was taking part in the final race at the banger derby at Nigg, near Tain, on Saturday.

Postings on a social networking site suggested the man was leading the race at the time, and that no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

The man died on the same day as another driver was killed and his navigator injured in a motor rally in Perthshire.

Jimmy Girvan, a former Scottish rally champion from the Inverness area, was killed in the crash at the Colin McRae Rally.

The 56-year-old died at the scene after the car he was driving collided with boulders and left the road, crashing into trees.

Northern Constabulary said officers and medics were called to the private race at Nigg on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the man died at the scene and a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Old cars are used in banger racing, which is usually held on dirt or tarmac tracks, where participants try to wreck their opponents vehicles.

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