Mr Butt was thrown out of his Marlin kit car during the 88th MCC Exeter Trial along with his passenger who was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.
Tributes have been paid to Mr Butt on social media, “I can’t believe this!?! Rest in peace Colin Butt. A huge loss to motorsport in the SW!” reads one Facebook post, “A true inspiration to us all and never forgotten. Our thoughts are with Wayne and his family at this sad and difficult time.” says another. Others describe Colin as ‘one of the nicest blokes’ who ‘loved his racing’, it is clear hes death came as a huge shock to the motorsport community.
A Motor Sports Association spokesman said: “The Motor Sports Association (MSA) – governing body of four-wheel UK motorsport – confirms that one competitor has died and another was injured in an incident on the MCC Exeter Trial. The competitor who has tragically died was a driver, while the injured competitor was the vehicle’s passenger.”
“A trial is a low-speed type of motorsport in which competitors aim to drive as far as possible up a hillside course.”
“As with all serious incidents in or around UK motorsport, the MSA is now working with the event-organising club and the police to establish precisely what happened on this occasion.”
“The MSA sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and offers the injured competitor its very best wishes for a full recovery.”
Over 300 cars and motorbikes were taking part in the 2017 event across various parts of the South West, part of the events are rough, there are several sections on private land where the vehicles use rough tracks. Roger Ugalde, clerk of the course for the MCC, said: “We don’t know why it happened. The car has been taken away by the police for forensics to be carried out.”
“It’s thought something like this might have happened in the 1950’s but since then there has never been a fatality at an MCC event,” he added.
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