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Driver killed trying to break land speed record at airfield in North Yorkshire

A DRIVER has tragically died today trying to break the British land speed record.

North Yorkshire Police said officers were called to reports of a “serious collision” at Elvington Airfield to the east of York at 4.30pm this afternoon.

A driver has died during an attempt to break the British land speed record today

Officials said a full investigation will be launched into the circumstances of the fatal crash.

A Motorsport UK spokesman said: “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 is currently not clear how fast the driver, who has not been named, was going when he crashed.

Motorsport UK said that it was working with the event organiser and North Yorkshire Police on the probe.

This comes days after several new Guinness World Records were set at Elvington including by terminally ill Jason Liversidge who travelled 67mph in a specially-adapted wheelchair.

Elvington Airfield was the scene of a crash involving former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in 2006.

The 50-year-old was left in a coma for two weeks and with brain injuries after crashing a jet-powered car.

The privately-owned venue, which is an active airfield, is also a facility for driver training, filming and other testing purposes for professional organisations.

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