On the second Special Stage of the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally on Saturday, the Scottish Championship finale, a Subaru Impreza driven by Jimmy Girvan and co-driven by Mike Ramsey left the forest road and collided with trees.

Immediately following the incident well prepared emergency procedures were activated by members of the organising Coltness Car Club. The on-site rescue services team was dispatched to the scene followed by a second rescue service team. No other car or person was involved.

The driver was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. Co-driver Mike Ramsey was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and treated for his injuries, which were not serious.

Jimmy Girvan was a double Scottish Rally Champion and had enjoyed a successful rallying career over the past 27 years. He was an extremely popular, well-liked and respected motor sports personality and this tragedy has left fellow competitors and rally fans across Britain shocked at this unexpected loss.

In a statement, Coltness Car Club organisers said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked at this tragedy and wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jimmy’s wife, family and wide circle of friends. Jimmy was an ebullient and  popular member of this close-knit sport and was regarded as a superb ambassador for motor sport. We’ll all miss him terribly.”

“The rally was abandoned as a mark of respect, a move which was universally endorsed by fellow competitors on the event, such was the high regard in which Jimmy was held.”

The section of road where the collision took place has been closed off to allow Tayside Police crash investigators examine the scene and safely remove the rally car. As with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.

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