THE WIGAN dad killed in a rally crash in Scotland had only just been given the all-clear after battling cancer.
Andy Mort was co-driving for rising rally star John MacCrone in a time trial on the Isle of Mull when they crashed into a field on Saturday.
The 47-year-old founder of Foundrygate Joinery in Billinge, died at the scene.
The dad-of-two and his partner Sarah Everitt had moved from their home in Cleveleys, near Blackpool, only two weeks ago for a fresh start on the Scottish island after doctors told him he’d beaten the leukaemia he had been fighting for the past five years.
a fresh start on the Scottish island after doctors told him he’d beaten the leukaemia he had been fighting for the past five years.
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We are all so devastated and still cannot get our heads around itAllan Durham
Allan Durham, partner at Pro-Tech Performance Motorsports where Andy had driven for 20 years, said: “We all take part in motorsports and accept the risks involved but you never expect it to happen to one of your own. We are absolutely devastated.
“Andy had an infectious personality and had a real zest for life.
“Only two weeks ago, he sold his place in Spain, Sarah sold her home in Cleveleys and they moved to Mull.
“It was a very special place to him as he went rallying there every year and they decided to make it their home.
“My son Mark used to be a rally driver and Andy was his co-driver. When Mark stopped rallying to concentrate on the business, Andy stayed with us and co-drove for other drivers. He was supposed to have been co-driving for us this coming weekend in Wales but we have now withdrawn the entry for the car.
“We are all so devastated and still cannot get our heads around it.”
An investigation has been launched following the crash at the Mull Rally which Mr MacCrone was also seriously injured and airlifted to hospital although is now believed to be stable.
The time trial was abandoned after the tragedy but thousands of fans and competitors gathered to pay tribute to Mr Mort during an emotional walk on Sunday.
The celebration walk traditionally marks the finale of the event but Mr Mort’s family requested it go ahead as planned to honour him.
Mr Mort leaves behind a daughter Olivia and son George who still live in Wigan. Olivia wrote on the Mull Rally Facebook page that she was sorry that she and brother George couldn’t make it in time for the walk.