Racing driver dies in tragic accident at Ayrton Senna festival
A racing driver has died after his 1965 Mini Cooper S collided with a Ford Mustang during an event held in memory of Ayrton Senna.
Thousands of spectators looked on as Christian Devereux spun out of control and collided with another car at the famous Donington Park circuit on Sunday afternoon.
The 51-year-old from London was driving his classic Mini when he lost control and struck a Ford Mustang.
The race for pre-1966 touring cars was part of the Donington Historic Festival, a three-day event dedicated to the memory of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna who was killed in a crash at Imola in 1994.
Marshals stopped the race and rushed to the scene, where Mr Devereux was found critically injured in his car. Two air ambulances were then dispatched to the circuit.
One witness told the Derby Telegraph newspaper, "I saw the crash happen and, to be honest, it was no worse than the type of collisions you see at the course on any given week.
"You knew it was serious when the race was cancelled and the red flags were raised."
After the accident, race fans took to social networks and Internet forums to pay their respects to Mr Devereux, who founded a motorbike hire company in 1994 called Hexagon Motorcycles and regularly raced classic cars.
Fellow racing driver Roger Wills said: "I was in the race and saw the aftermath. What a tragic and horrific end to a great weekend racing. Christian was a great guy. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Just awful. RIP."
Friend Mike Bell added: "He was a family man. Always ready for a chat at circuits and enthusiastic to the core."
Jason Plato, two-time British Touring Car Champion, described it as "terrible news".
He wrote: "Kinda puts things into perspective. Condolences to his family & friends."
Race organisers and the Historic Sports Car Club will work with police and the Motor Sports Association to determine the cause of the crash.