Little more than 24 hours after the death of former WRC champion Colin McRae in a helicopter accident, the Scot's former team boss David Richards has escaped unhurt after his own helicopter crash-landed in Essex.

According to the BBC, Prodrive chief Richards and his wife 'walked out of the wreckage' of his aircraft and were treated for shock after the incident - which occurred as the pair were returning home from the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Richards had earlier paid tribute to his former driver following his death at the age of 39, admitting that while it is 'unusual to call someone a legend, it was very appropriate for Colin'.

Prodrive, who run the Subaru WRC team and carried McRae to the 1995 title, are now preparing to debut in Formula 1 next season after winning the race to become the twelfth F1 team from 2008.