THE family of a stock car racer have paid tribute to their "caring and considerate" son who died in a car crash.

Samuel Lund, of Rimington, was left fighting for life after his Peugeot 205 crashed into a tree on Saturday January 13.

The 19-year old from Rimington died five days later at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The crash also killed his passenger, cousin James Dewhurst, 16, at the scene of the accident in Rimmington Lane, Gisburn.

Samuel's family said the teenager had enjoyed a successful first season in stock car racing, following in the footsteps of his father John Lund, a well-known stock car racing driver.

In a statement they added: "Sam was a considerate caring person with a unique sense of humour.

"He was a hard working your man and respectful to all he met.

"He loved the outdoors and the countryside and worked full time on the family farm.

"Sams death is a sad loss to all the family and he will be greatly missed by his friends and members of the stock car community.

"James will be equally missed as he was a huge part of our family."

The British Stock Car Racing Association (BriSCA) posted the following tribute on its website: "BriSCA extends its condolences and deepest sympathy to all touched by the tragic accident.

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends at this very difficult time."