The Race of Champions favourite, Colin McRae, has died after the rally driver's helicopter crashed close to his Scottish home on Saturday (15 September).
McRae, who won the World Rally Championship in 1995 and The Race of Champions in 1998, was due to compete in this year's Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium.
"This is a terrible shock," said Fredrik Johnson, President of The Race of Champions organisers IMP. "Colin was a very good friend who has been participating in our event for more than 15 years. He was one of the most spectacular drivers and hugely appreciated by everyone both on and off the track."
"Colin will be deeply missed at the event by organisers, drivers and fans alike. At this painful time our thoughts are with Colin's wife Alison and all his family. Together with Michele Mouton and everyone at The Race of Champions, we extend our sincere condolences to the McRae family."
McRae competed in 146 world rallies, winning 25, and made a huge contribution to motorsport over his 21-year career, thrilling fans with his 100% committed driving style.
He first participated in The Race of Champions in 1991 and became a regular after that, winning the event in 1998 and reaching the semi-finals in both the individual Race of Champions and The ROC Nations Cup last year with his teammate David Coulthard at Paris' Stade de France.