Senftenberg, Germany, May 3 - A track marshal was killed instantly at the new Lausitzring track. At this time, the 43-year-old marshal as not been identified. It is known that he was married with two children and his name will be released on Friday, May 4.

The tragedy struck during an open test in preparation for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Challenge (DTC) [Ed. note: German Touring Car Challenge (GTCC)] which will be held on May 13.

The marshal had run onto the track to remove a front spoiler from a BMW in the test session. He was returning to his post when he was hit by the Super Production Opel Astra driven by Sandro Vogel. The marshal was married and had two children.

New reports conflict as to the flag condition of the course at the time of the fatal incident, but a spokesman for the German marshaling organization said that the marshal should not have been on the track except when a session had been halted by a red flag.

This is the third known marshal fatality in less than a year. Last Fall, Italian fire marshal, Paolo Ghislimberti, was killed at the Italian Grand Prix and the Australian spectator marshal, Graham Beveridge, was killed at the Australian Grand Prix earlier this year. Both workers were killed by airborne wheels off of Formula One machines.

The staff at extends deepest sympathy to the family of the marshal.