Gareth Roberts (co-driver)

Gareth "Jaffa" Roberts (6 August 1987 – 16 June 2012) was a rally co-driver from Carmarthen in Wales, who was killed in an accident while competing in the Targa Florio rally on Sicily while sitting alongside Irish driver Craig Breen. The crash happened during the eighth stage of the rally when their Peugeot 207 went off the road about five miles from the start of the Cefalu leg. A guard rail entered the car on the right side, where Welshman Roberts, 24, was seated.[1][2]

At his funeral, former co-driver, Welsh TV broadcaster and friend Howard Davies eulogised: "There is no doubt in my mind that Jaffa would have become a World Champion co-driver. He had all the qualities required and more. His personality warmed rooms and his massive beaming smile turned negative situations into positive ones. Once strapped into the car he was the ultimate robotic co-driver with an ability to adapt to any situation and speed."[3]


  1. ^ "Rally driver Gareth Robert's death a 'freak accident', hears inquest". WalesOnline. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Craig Breen's co-driver Gareth Roberts dies in Targa Florio". 16 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ "EULOGY AT GARETH'S FUNERAL BY HOWARD DAVIES". Craig Breen rallying. Retrieved 10 June 2017.