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Gareth Roberts, 1987-2012

The Motor Sports Association extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of talented young rally co-driver Gareth Roberts, who tragically succumbed to injuries sustained during an incident on this weekend’s Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia, round five of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. He was 24.

A promising talent, Roberts began his career in road rallying near his home in South Wales. He then progressed to stage rallying and teamed up with rising Irish star Craig Breen, with whom he sensationally won last year’s WRC Academy Cup title with victory on the season-closing Wales Rally GB, his home event. He was a former member of the MSA British Rally Academy talent development programme, so was well known to the MSA.

MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton, said: “Everybody at the MSA was shocked and saddened to hear of Gareth’s untimely death. Britain has produced many of the world’s best rally navigators over the years. Gareth was certainly continuing that trend and was on his way to the very top. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and of course Craig at this difficult time.”