Rally world pays tribute after deadly crash in Sicily

    Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts competed at the Tour de Corse in May.

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    • Rally navigator dies after crash in Italian race
    • Gareth Roberts was a promising navigator from Wales
    • His death at age of 24 brings tributes from rally world
    The rallying world has paid tribute to promising young co-driver Gareth Roberts, who was killed during a race in Sicily on Saturday.
    The 24-year-old from Wales was navigating for Irish driver Craig Breen at the Targa Florio Rally, and they were sixth overall when they crashed.
    Breen was unhurt in the accident, but Roberts died from his injuries according to the motorsport's official website.
    They won the inaugural FIA WRC Academy title last year, and were leading the Super 2000 World Rally Championship after three races.
    "Our thoughts are with Gareth's friends and family. The world of rallying has lost a true talent," said M-Sport, the company which built the Ford Fiesta S2000 Breen and Roberts were using in the SWRC.
    "I heard the sad news from Italy. Me and Jarmo want to send our condolences and our thoughts to Gareth's family and friends on this sad day," top Finnish rally driver Mikko Hirvonen wrote on networking website Twitter.