The World Rally Champion is in mourning following the death of British co-driver Michael Park on Stage 15 of the Rally of Great Britain. Park, partner to Estonian driver Markko Martin, was one of the sport's more reputed co-drivers and will be sorely missed by the entire rallying
world.JEAN-PIERRE NICOLAS (Peugeot Team Boss):
"It is a drama for the team and for the rally world and, of course, for Michael's family. Martin went off the road and hit a tree on Michael's side, killing him instantly. It is hugely unfortunate, it is unfortunately part of the sport, there is always a risk, which is always high, but by passion you completely forget the risk.
"It is terrible, terrible for the guy who we loved in the team, terrible for his family. We will now consider the remainder of the season. The championship is nothing compared to this."DAVID LAPWORTH (Subaru Team Boss):
"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. 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."COLIN McRAE:
"He was one of the championship's real characters and a really genuine person. My co-driver, Nick Grist, has also lost a very close friend."