Home » Tragedy as rally driver David López Tomico is killed in horror crash while racing in Spain

THE death of a rally driver in a horror crash while racing has left his team “in mourning”.

David López Tomico was killed in the fatal crash during the Rallysprint San Bartolomé de Pinares in Ávila, Spain, on Saturday.

David López Tomico was killed in a horror crash during a rally race in Spain


David López Tomico was killed in a horror crash during a rally race in SpainCredit: VALLEJO RACING

He was negotiating the course’s first downhill section when his Fiat Abarth Grande Punto careered off the path and rolled down a steep ravine.

Fire crews were unable to save him and he died of his injuries.

His co-driver, Natalia Rios Diaz, was trapped inside the car but was successfully recovered from the wreckage and rushed to hospital.

Race officials cancelled the rest of the day’s proceedings.

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Tomico’s team, Vallejo Racing, paid tribute to him in a touching statement.

They wrote: “Again, this sport hits us where it hurts the most.

“Vallejo Racing is in mourning because we lose one of our own: David López Tomico, a passionate lover of motorsport, a leader in his work and an example of perseverance and love for his own.

“He joined the team in 2022 and his spirit and strength were fundamental for the Dakar 2023 project to bear fruit.

“Today we not only lose a mechanic or a team member, but we leave a friend of the real ones. David, your strength will always be with us.”

It comes after four-time British motorcycling champion Keith Farmer died aged just 35 following an injury-enforced retirement.

An inquest into Farmer’s death recorded a verdict of suicide after the court heard of his struggles with his exit from the sport and the breakdown of his relationship.

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