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Gareth Daniel H. Roberts (August 6, 1987 in Carmarthen - June 16, 2012 in Italy) was a Welsh rally co-driver. In 2011, he was the WRC Academy champion with the Irishman Craig Breen. In 2012 he was killed at the 2012 Targo Florio, a round of the IRC, when the Peugeot 207 S2000 driven by current WRC Academy champion Craig Breen smashed with huge force into a guardrail, striking the passenger side of the car.

Jean-Pierre Nicolas, manager of the IRC, commented; It's a very sad accident that reminds us that motorsport is dangerous. Accidents can affect both driver and co-driver in rallying, and sadly, more often than not it is the co-driver who suffers - as we saw in 2005 on Rally Great Britain when Michael Park was killed.

The death of a 24-year-old young man at the start of a fantastic career is always a tragedy. At this terrible time, I'm thinking very much of Gareth's family.

AftermathEdit

As a result, the Croeso Trophy was renamed 'The Croeso Trophy in memory of Gareth Roberts'. His brother Dai Roberts is a patron of the Gareth Roberts Fund. Dai, who is also a co-driver, was injured in a crash in 2014 and was in a stable but comfortable condition after the terrible accident, which killed his 20-year-old driver Timothy Cathcart.

At the time of Roberts' death, Breen was leading the SWRC, a feeder category of the WRC. Paul Nagle co-drove Breen for the last four rallies of the season, as Breen won the 2012 SWRC title, despite losing his most beloved co-driver in such a tragic way.

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