A DRIVER has tragically died today trying to break the 270mph British land speed record.
A full investigation will be launched into the circumstances of the crash at Elvington Airfield to the east of York this afternoon.
A Motorsport UK spokesman said: "Further information will be provided once the initial findings of the investigation are available.
"Our thoughts are with the driver's family, who have been informed, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community present."
Motorsport UK said that it was working with the event organiser and North Yorkshire Police on the probe.
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Elvington Airfield was the scene of a crash involving former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in 2006.
The 50-year-old was left in a coma for two weeks and with brain injuries after crashing a jet-powered car.
The privately-owned venue, which is an active airfield, is also a facility for driver training, filming and other testing purposes for professional organisations.
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