Historic rallying shaken by deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear

The deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear on the Loco 2 Stages Rally on December 29 have rocked the world of UK historic rallying

Historic rallying shaken by deaths of Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear

The driver and co-driver of the Ford Escort Mk2 died in the accident during a single-venue event at Bramley Camp near Basingstoke on what was intended to be a low-key day of rallying at a local event over the Christmas holiday.

No further details of the accident have been released but it is being investigated by the MSA, Hampshire Police and other local agencies.

Rayner, 52, was a popular figure in historic rallying having used it for his motorsport comeback seven years ago. He had previously enjoyed success in the early 1990s before stopping rallying after two major accidents.

Rayner developed his Escort Mk2 into a frontrunning car on both gravel and asphalt events and had enjoyed particular success during the 2017 season on closed-road rallies in Ireland.

His regular co-driver had been Declan Dear but for the Bramley rally Declan's 64-year-old father Steve took over the co-driver's seat.

Steve Dear was a regular competitor a decade ago but then stepped back from co-driving to support his son's rallying.

A statement from their Hehku Rally Sport team said: "We can take some solace in the fact that they were competing in the sport they loved so much."

The MSA British Historic Rally Championship organisers added: "The terrible accident that befell them is a stark reminder of the inherent danger in the sport we all love.

"On behalf of everyone involved in the BHRC and across historic rallying, we offer sincere sympathies to their families and many friends in the sport."

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