A co-driver killed in a horrific crash at the Mull Rally “lived life to the full” his family said last night.
Andrew Mort died when the car he and rally driver John MacCrone were in crashed into a field during the second stage of the race on Saturday.
The 47-year-old co-driver, of Dervaig, died at the scene.
In a poignant statement, his family said last night: “Andi lived life to the full and his kindness and generosity will be sadly missed by Sarah and us all.
“We have received so many messages of sympathy and support from people shocked and dismayed to hear of Andi’s death.
“We would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and express our overwhelming thanks to the Mull Rally organisers and participants, emergency service personnel, the police and the people of Mull, they are a source of comfort to us at this most difficult time.”
Emergency services raced to help Mr Mort and friend Mr MacCrone after their Subaru Impreza crashed off the course at about 1.10pm.
Mr Mort could not be saved, but Mr MacCrone was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries. However, it is understood his condition has since improved.
The rally was abandoned in the aftermath of the tragedy, but hundreds of fans and racers gathered to pay tribute to Mr Mort during an emotional walk.
Led by a single silent piper and followed immediately by three rally cars, the 1,000-strong group walked through the main street of Tobermory.
Police investigating the incident have appealed to spectators who had been taking videos or pictures at the time to come forward so they can try to piece together what happened.