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As a co-driver, I'm particularly depressed about this accident. Michael Park was a figure I looked up to, somewhat of a hero. I will sure miss him.

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From a loved one, relaying a message found on BBC Motorsport:

Markko Martin has pulled out of the Rally Japan, which starts on 30
September, following the death of his co-driver Michael Park.
Park was killed in a crash during the Wales Rally GB on Sunday.
Team director Jean-Pierre Nicolas told Eurosport: "Martin's presence in Japan is totally unthinkable. What happened is still too raw."

Peugeot, who had been due to quit world rallying at the end of the
season, are now considering stopping immediately.

"We will now consider the remainder of the season. The championship is
nothing compared to this," said Nicholas.

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http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=201191

Martin to miss Japan, Peugeot future uncertain
By Tom Haapanen - Motorsport.com

Markko Martin will not be driving in Rally Japan at the end of this month, following the death of his longtime co-driver and friend Michael Park at the Rally of Great Britain this past weekend.

"It is totally unthinkable," Jean-Pierre Nicolas, the Peugeot Sport director, confirmed during an Eurosport interview. "It is still far too raw. He has been affected very much psychologically."

The team entry for Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen still shows on the books for the event. Peugeot has been battling sister PSA marque Citroen for the manufacturers' championship honors, but there is a distinct possibility that Peugeot, which is set to leave World Rally Competition at the end of the year in any case, may withdraw immediately in the aftermath of Park's death.

"We're still in shock and we still can't get over what happened," said Nicolas. "We have to shake ourselves out of it to turn towards the future, but it's very hard.

"Markko has been to visit Michael Park's wife with Paul Turner, his personal manager," he continued. "He also wanted to see the car and go back to the scene of the accident to try and understand what happened. He remembers nothing at all."

The Peugeot 307 WRC that Martin was piloting with Park slid off near the beginning of the penultimate stage of Rally Great Britain, and impacted a mature tree hard on the passenger side. As the WRC cars are not required to have side impact protection, Park took the brunt of the impact, losing his life near-instantly.

"The championship is nothing compared to human lives," Nicolas said on Sunday already.

In the meantime, the team has asked the FIA for additional time to make a decision on the drivers for the Japanese event.
 

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Warwick, you sure got more than you bargained for when you went to cover Rally GB. Am so proud of the way you've handled a tremendously difficult assignment.

This accident has affected codrivers of all stripes. We are saddened, frightened, but also somehow empowered by it. Each has to decide for him- or herself whether to continue or not, then simply do their best to help keep it on the road.

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I disagree, this has affected everyone, not just co-drivers. No one wants to be at the wheel of a car in which someone else dies, even when you're working as a team and both know the risks.
 
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