TRAGIC END TO WALES RALLY GB The 2005 Wales Rally GB, round 12 of the World Rally Championship came to a premature end in tragic circumstances on Special Stage 15 when Markko Martin's Peugeot was involved in an accident that fatally injured his...
TRAGIC END TO WALES RALLY GB
The 2005 Wales Rally GB, round 12 of the World Rally Championship came to a premature end in tragic circumstances on Special Stage 15 when Markko Martin's Peugeot was involved in an accident that fatally injured his British co-driver, Michael Park. The rally was stopped and the two remaining stages abandoned.
"Michael was probably one of the guys that myself and Glenn (Macneall) got along with the most since we joined the Championship at the start of the year, he was one of the really nice guys and always a pleasure to be around," said Australian Chris Atkinson.
"Our sincere condolences go out to Michael's family and many friends."
Park - nicknamed "Beef" - had been a familiar face in the world championship since 1994, when he was co-driver for Mark Higgins. He had driven with Martin, who was uninjured in the accident, since 2000.
Martin and Park had been a part of the Subaru World Rally Team in 2001.
"On behalf of all of us at the Subaru World Rally Team, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Michael's family and loved ones after today's terrible tragedy," said Subaru Team Principal David Lapworth
"Michael was a member of our team in 2001 and as part of the WRC family he remained a close friend to all of us at Subaru. Today's accident is shocking and in the circumstances all the teams and drivers felt unable to continue."
Married with children, Park had also worked with former champions Richard Burns and Colin McRae.
The competitors returned to the Millennium Stadium for presentations this afternoon, but, as a mark of respect for Park, none of the customary celebrations took place.