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High speed crash claims racer’s life
THE former navigator of a shamed powerboat racer from Hampshire has been killed in a high speed crash in West Africa.
William Nocker was travelling at speeds of 120mph when witnesses say his boat flipped and “barrel rolled” on the water during the Gabon Grand Prix.
The 47-year-old was returning to the sport following a five-year suspension after he was found guilty of tampering with a competitor’s fuel supply with fellow racer Rob Lister, from Keyhaven, near Lymington .
Mr Nocker, who lived in Cheltenham, was rushed to a military hospital in Gabon’s capital city Libreville but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.
His co-driver, Norwegian Kurt Olsen, was also badly hurt and remains in a critical condition in intensive care.