A COMPETITOR has died whilst participating in a car rally in Cumbria. 

The competitor, whose identity is yet to be released, became "unwell" during a road section between stages and was confirmed dead during the Greystoke Stages event on Sunday, July 7. 

The Greystoke Stages event is held in the Greystoke Forest Complex, Penrith. 

In a post on social media, a spokesperson from Greystokes Stages Rally said: "It is with immense sadness that we inform you all of the passing of a rally competitor on today's (July 7) Greystoke Stages.

"The competitor was taken unwell whilst on a road section in between stages and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Greystoke Stages officials acted immediately to assist the emergency services, who we remain in contact with.

"The thoughts and condolences of Motorsport UK, West Cumbria Motorsport Club and Eden Valley Motor Club go to the competitors family, friends and loved ones."