A FATAL collision has taken place this afternoon during a British land speed record attempt at Elvington airfield

Shortly after 4.30pm today (Thursday) North Yorkshire Police were called to a serious collision at Elvington Airfield near York. Officers are at the scene with the ambulance service.

A statement from Motorsport UK 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."]