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Driver Denis Welch Killed In Silverstone Classic Race

28/07/2014 11:35 BST | Updated 28/07/2014 11:59 BST

A driver has been killed in an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone.

Denis Welch was driving in a race for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars when the incident happened on Sunday, the last day of the annual Silverstone Classic meeting.

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The 69-year-old, who was a well known figure on the classic racing scene, was involved in a multi-car crash on the opening lap of the Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy race, in which his 1960 Lotus rolled.

The race was stopped and Welch was taken to the circuit's medical centre where he is reported to have died from his injuries.

In a tweet from Classic & Sports Car magazine, Welch was shown at the wheel of his Lotus:

A statement issued by the organisers on the Silverstone Classic website said: "It is with great regret that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic have to report that, following an accident in a race for HGPCA pre-66 Grand Prix Cars today, Sunday 27th July, the driver of car number 19, Denis Welch, succumbed to his injuries later in the circuit's medical centre.

"The event organisers, the race organisation, and the circuit's medical and emergency services, will all now be co-operating with the Police and the MSA (Motor Sports Association), the UK official motor sport governing body, to conduct a full investigation.

"All those involved in the event offer sincere condolences to family and the friends of Denis Welch at this very sad time."