James “Jimmy” Girvan, former Scottish Rally Champion, has died as a result of a crash at the this past weekend’s Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in Scotland. According to the BBC News, Girvan’sSubaru Impreza collided with some boulders then was thrown into the surrounding trees. Mike Ramsay, Girvan’s co-driver, had to be cut free from the vehicle but he escaped with a minor arm injury. Jimmy Girvan, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene. After the tragic accident, race organizers shut down the event, which itself serves as a memorial to legendary driver Colin McRaewho was killed in a helicopter accident in 2007.
We have video footage of the rally cars heading out from the first stage, including Girvan’s red Subaru Impreza. It was the last stage he finished at the event before his crash in Stage 2. You can watch the video after the jump, with Girvan and Ramsay pulling up to the starting line around the 1:20 mark. Our deepest sympathies go out to Girvan’s family, friends and colleagues.