Michael Park (rally co-driver)

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Michael Park , nicknamed "Beef" (born June 22, 1966 in Hereford , † September 18, 2005 ) was a British co-driver in rallying . Park was married to his wife Marie and had two children, William and Victoria.


He had an accident on September 18, 2005 at the Wales Rally GB, a round of the World Rally Championship , when he and his driver Markko Märtin collided with their Peugeot 307 on the copilot side of a tree. Märtin did not suffer any injuries. The Peugeot team then also took its second driver, Marcus Grönholm , out of the rally classification. At the time of the accident, the Märtin / Park pairing was in fourth place in the 2005 World Rally Championship. After the accident became known, the race management canceled all subsequent special stages, which would have meant not only achieving overall victory for Citroëns Sébastien Loeb , but also the 2005 world championship title . Instead, he deliberately took a time penalty so as not to win under these circumstances. At the award ceremony, all flags were hoisted to half-mast and a minute's silence was observed.

Michael Park's rally career in the WRC began in 1994. He drove with Mark Higgins and world rally champions Colin McRae and Richard Burns , among others . Since 2000 Michael Park started alongside the Estonian Markko Märtin, first in a private Toyota, then Subaru and Ford works team, lastly in a Peugeot works team. With him he achieved five victories in the World Rally Championship.


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