Driver dies during British speed record attempt at Elvington

Elvington Airfield near York. Photograph © Google Street View
1 Oct 2020 @ 9.35 pm
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An investigation is underway after a driver died during the British land speed record attempt at Elvington Airfield.

The airfield, just south of York, was hosting the attempt tonight (1 October).

North Yorkshire Police has launched an investigation – and urged members of the public to stay away from the scene.

In a statement, the police said: “Shortly after 4.30pm today police were called to a serious collision at Elvington Airfield near York.

“Officers are at the scene with the ambulance service. Please do not try to access the airfield at this time.”

Motorsport UK then released a statement confirming a driver had died following the collision.

A spokesman said: “Motorsport UK is deeply saddened to announce that a fatal accident occurred this afternoon at Elvington Airfield during a British Land Speed Record attempt.

“Motorsport UK, together with the event organiser and the local police, has begun a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

“Further information will be provided once the initial findings of the investigation are available.

“Our thoughts are with the driver’s family, who have been informed, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community present.”

Elvington Airfield was the scene of a crash involving former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in 2006. 

The 50-year-old was left in a coma for two weeks and with brain injuries after crashing a jet-powered car.

The privately-owned venue, which is an active airfield, is also a facility for driving, driver training, filming and other testing purposes for professional organisations.