Tributes have been paid to a former member of Ammanford Motor Club who has died after rally crash.

Mark James, from Nantgaredig, was involved in a single-vehicle crash on November 10 as he took part in the Pokerstars Rally event on the Isle of Man.

Mr James’ Ford Escort MkII collided with a tree and he had to be cut free from the vehicle by emergency crews.

The 55-year-old was moved to Glangwili Hospital last Thursday from Ainstree Hospital in Liverpool, but died on Monday morning.

Ian Taylor, from Ammanford Motor Club, has taken to social media to pay his respects to the “larger then life character”.

The post reads: “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we inform you of the passing of club member and friend Mark ‘Jamesy’ James who unfortunately succumbed to the injuries he received in an accident on the recent Pokerstars rally in the Isle of Man.

“A larger than life character who would help anyone at the drop of a hat knowing it would never be a dull event with him around.

“It is always a shock to lose someone from the rallying community, but even more so one of our own members who I’ve known personally for many years even before our rallying days.

“I’m sure you will join us in offering our sincere condolences to Mark’s family, many friends and co-driver at this difficult time.

“It’s a stark reminder of how cruel this sport that we love can be at times, but I’m sure the close community that we are will be strong for each other to show support in this time of grief.

“RIP/Meddwl amdano chi ‘Jamesy’”.

Mr James co-owned and ran N&A James, a crane hire business in Nantgaredig. 

He is survived by his wife and two daugthers.