Driver dies during British land speed record attempt at Elvington Airfield

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The fatal collision happened at Elvington Airfield, situated between York and Market Weighton at around 4.30pm, where the driver was attempting to set a British land speed record

A driver has died while attempting to set a British land speed record.

The fatal crash happened on Thursday evening at Elvington Airfield, situated between York and Market Weighton.

Members of the public have been urged to stay away from the site as police launch an investigation.

North Yorkshire Police said: “Shortly after 4.30pm today (October 1) police were called to a serious collision at Elvington Airfield near York.

“Officers are at the scene with the ambulance service. Please do not try to access the airfield at this time.”

It is currently unclear what vehicle the driver was in or how fast they were going.

Motorsport UK released a statement following the collision confirming a driver had died.

A spokesman said: “Motorsport UK is deeply saddened to announce that a fatal accident occurred this afternoon at Elvington Airfield during a British land speed record attempt.

“Motorsport UK, together with the event organiser and the local police, has begun a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

“Further information will be provided once the initial findings of the investigation are available.

“Our thoughts are with the driver’s family, who have been informed, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community present.”

It comes days after several new Guinness World Records were set at the same airfield.

Andy Jennings, 28, set the record for the fastest speed ever in a wheelie bin, reaching speeds of over 40mph.