A 23-year-old drag racer died in a 130mph crash after his car careered off track and burst into flames.
The man, named locally as professional racer Kasey Dixon-Grainger, died as his family watched him compete in the event at York Raceway, on Melbourne Airfield, East Yorkshire, this morning.
The driver's family, from the Billingham area of Cleveland, are racing enthusiasts who were due to compete in the competition later today.
Family of racers: Kasey's mother Tanya Dixon-Grainger, pictured here with her son, looked on as the 23-year-old's car crashed and rolled off the trackA police spokeswoman said two cars took part in the race but only one vehicle crashed.'It would appear that two cars crossed the line at the end of a drag race at 11.15 am this morning' the spokeswoman said. More...Two British military skydivers critically ill after dramatic mid-air training collision in the US[/*][/list]'One of those cars stopped, however the other continued on across the finishing line. It then appears to have rolled and a small fire started.'Sadly the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died.'Called off: Racing at Melbourne Airfield (pictured) was suspended after Kasey Dixon-Grainger's crash this morningIt is the first fatal crash in the event's 34 year history.
A joint investigation into the incident will be carried out by police collision investigators, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Health and Safety Executive.Police and ambulance services were called to the scene but attempts to resuscitate the man failed.Vintage: Kasey was racing in a Ford Cortina Mark 1, similar to the one pictured, when he crashedThe racer was one of more than 100 competing at York Raceway in a two-day meeting in front of 1,000 spectators.
Racing was immediately suspended for the rest of the day as a mark of respect for the driver.[captionSteve Murty, the organiser of the drag racing event at York Raceway, said Mr Dixon-Grainger had been racing for several years with his family.He explained that Kasey's parents, Tanya and Paul Dixon-Grainger, are also racing enthusiasts and were racing alongside their son at today's event as a team.Mr Murty said: 'Kasey was very well respected and had been racing for a number of years with his family.'Racing is very much a family sport. His parents and brother were in attendance at today's event and racing alongside him themselves.'He was a very good driver and won many races. He was currently in ninth position in our club championship.'The cars always cross the finish line at maximum speed, and both cars did.Kasey car was travelling at 130mph.'Kasey's car veered sideways and rolled over several times.'The track has been in operation for 34 years and held over 500 previous events, and this is the first fatality that we've had.
'Kasey will be sadly missed by his family and friends. The whole community is in shock. We've just had a parade of all of the drag cars on the track to mark our respects.'
East Riding and Yorkshire Council and the health and safety executive will also be working with the police in a joint investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the accident.
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