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A volunteer has been killed in a crash at Brands Hatch circuit

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Original article from Kent Live

A volunteer marshal has been killed after a race car crashed and flipped off the track at Brands Hatch today.

The accident occurred today at the circuit, located in West Kingsdown, during a weekend event being held at the track. Brands Hatch was hosting the Barc Club Car Championships, a classic touring car race event.

The incident took place at around 3pm this afternoon (July 31), when one of the cars crashed and flipped off the track, hitting one of the marshals.

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Police, ambulances and the air ambulance service were called to the scene, but the man succumbed to his injuries and died.

In a statement, the British Automobile Racing Club said: "The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that as a result of an accident that occurred during a race meeting at Brands Hatch circuit today (Saturday 31 July), a volunteer marshal tragically lost their life. The rest of the day’s racing activity was cancelled.

"As with any major incident, the BARC is now working with the national governing body, Motorsport UK, and the local police.

"On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by the loss of one of the amazing volunteer marshal community who do so much to enable the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends of all those involved.

"It is anticipated that the event will resume on Sunday."

Race marshals are unpaid volunteers, who assist with the races because of their love of the sport.

The marshal who died in the crash has not been named.

There has been an outpouring of support for the victim and his family online following the accident.

Commenting on the news online, one racing fan said: "So sad to hear this, marshals at Brands do a great job at all circuits keeping all safe. Thoughts with family at this sad time & spare a thought for the driver that probably will be scared for his life following what happened today. RIP Marshal."

Another added: "No motorsport fan ever wants to see this, these people give up time from home and their families to help provide entertainment for us.

"I hope that an official collection/go fund me is arranged by BARC as I would like to donate something."

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