December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
An investigation has been launched after a driver died following a crash during a classic car festival at a Norfolk race track.
Tragedy struck at Snetterton Circuit on Sunday morning after the driver of a 1920s sports car crashed during a practice session at the Vintage Sports Car Festival.
The driver of a Bugatti T35B car was involved in a collision with another vehicle while on the home straight at the race track and crashed into a barrier at about 10.30am.
The man in his 60s, who is believed to be from the south west of England, was thrown out of his open-topped car as a result of the force of the collision.
Paramedics were called to treat the man, who had severe injuries. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is understood that the driver of the classic Bugatti, who was an experienced racer, struck the rear of another vehicle while on the famous Senna Straight and lost control of his car.
Snetterton Circuit was closed for more than two hours following the collision, which delayed yesterday’s racing schedule.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the force was informed of the crash just after midday and traffic officers attended. However, because the crash was not on a public highway, it would be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive or the council.
The police spokesman added that a report into the fatality was set to be sent to the Norfolk coroner’s office.
No-one was available for comment at Snetterton Circuit last night.
Thousands of spectators attended the Vintage Sports Car Festival yesterday following the success of its inaugural event last year.
The 12-race schedule included a race of pre-war racing cars as well as 1950s sports racing cars and 500cc F3 cars.