Co-driver Park Dies in Accident

Michael Park, Markko Martin's co-driver, has died after an accident on the Wales Rally GB

Co-driver Park Dies in Accident

The pair's Peugeot 307 hit a tree on SS15, the 27.42km stage of Margam.

Rally GB organisers issued a statement which said: "It is with deep regret that the organisers of Wales Rally GB confirm that Michael Park was fatally injured following an accident in special stage 15. The next of kin has been informed. The driver of car number eight, Markko Martin, is uninjured."

He was 39.

Nicknamed 'Beef', Park worked with some of Britain's top talents during his career including world champions Richard Burns and Colin McRae, as a gravel note preparer while co-driving for Mark Higgins in the British championship.

In 2000 he teamed up with young Estonian privateer Markko Martin in a Toyota Corolla.

The pair were picked up by Subaru for a season, before moving to Ford where they evolved into one of the top driver and co-driver pairings in the World Rally Championship.

Park won five world championship rallies with Martin, the first coming on the 2003 Acropolis Rally.

Martin and Park moved to Peugeot at the start of this season, and were the only pairing to score drivers points on every event this season.

Park leaves behind a wife and two children. Autosport-Atlas sends its condolences to Park's family and friends.

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