A RACE boss is not planning to introduce new safety measures at a racetrack in Seaton Ross despite a fatal crash at the venue on Sunday.
Drag racer Kasey Dixon-Grainger lost control of his car at 130mph in front of his family and more than 1,000 spectators.
He was driving a 1966 Ford Cortina which flipped over and burst into flames as it crossed the finish line at York Dragway.
It came after the 23-year-old had clocked a personal best time on the first day of the two-day meeting, which is East Yorkshire’s biggest drag car racing event of the year.
Steve Murty, the racecourse’s manager, still considers York Dragway to be safe for drivers and spectators.
When asked if new safety measures are needed at the track, he said: “Unfortunately motor vehicles on occasions crash. We will obviously look at the crash and very closely at the action.
“People drive tens of thousands of miles on race track safely.”
He added: “This has never happened before at this track in 34 years.”
Following Sunday’s incident, the rest of the day’s programme was abandoned immediately as a mark of respect.
Fellow drivers formed a parade of honour along the track at Melbourne Airfield and held a minute’s silence in his memory before gathering in small silent groups with their families and supporters to remember the young racer.
About 100 drivers gathered for the two-day event, Racing resumed on Monday when the flag was flown at half mast and flowers were placed at the finish line.
Mr Dixon-Grainger’s father, Paul, and brother, worked on the car with him, and were at the event along with other members of the family. He came from Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.
Mr Murty said: “The family are devastated because in motor sport families are close knit.
“In this instance Kasey worked with his dad together virtually 16 hours a day. Every day, day in, and day out.
“Kasey was a very enthusiastic person and very young in motor sport. He was very young to have created his own car. His enthusiasm was very infectious among other racers.”
The crash happened shortly before 11am as Mr Dixon-Grainger finished a two-car race in the American stock car class.
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