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Racing expected to resume at Brands Hatch racing circuit following horror crash that killed a volunteer marshal

Racing resumed at Brands Hatch this morning following a crash at the racing circuit that killed a volunteer marshal.

The British Automobile Racing Club confirmed yesterday's tragedy was as a result of an accident that occurred during a race meeting and revealed that a probe is underway.

The incident mid afternoon, saw the car flip off the circuit before ambulances arrived and an air ambulance descended on the circuit.

The rest of the day’s racing activity was cancelled. The first race this morning was at the scheduled time of 10am.

Former Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton reacted to the incident morning. He said on social media that his heart is with the volunteer marshal’s family.

He wrote on Instagram: “Devastated to hear of the passing of a marshal at the Brands Hatch Circuit."

A statement issued by the racing organisation BARC said: "As with any major incident, the BARC is now working with the national governing body, Motorsport UK, and the local police.

The air ambulance at the scene of the crash at Brands Hatch. Picture: @FlooringKimpton/Twitter
The air ambulance at the scene of the crash at Brands Hatch. Picture: @FlooringKimpton/Twitter

"On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by loss of one of the amazing volunteer marshal community who do so much to enable the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends of all those involved."

In response race car manufacturer Mclaren tweeted its condolences to the Marshal's family and thanked marshals across the world for "everything you do for our sport."

Police say they were called shortly before 3pm "following a collision involving a car and two people on foot".

A spokesman added: "Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene. No suspicious circumstances have been reported."

No information has been released about the driver, or the other person involved.

Motorsport fans have tonight taken to social media to pay their respects, and share their shock at the tragic news.

One user called @SR_Chep wrote on Twitter: "Racing doesn't happen without Marshals volunteering to keep drivers and the public safe. Tragically, a Marshal lost their life today doing what they loved. Motorsport fans world-wide will pay their respects tonight. RIP."

Katherine Runciman said: "Our hearts and love go to all the marshals who were there, the medical responders and their friends and family. Incredibly sad."

Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch

Angelo Joseph added: "Marshals make racing possible. This is such sad news."

Fans have also urged people not to share footage of the crash, out of respect for those involved and for their loved ones.

Today's incident comes six days after British Superbike rider Brad Jones was placed in an induced coma following a crash at Brands Hatch.

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