DAKAR Rally racing legend Hubert Auriol has sadly died aged 68 on Sunday, January 10 “from a cardiovascular accident following a protracted battle towards the illness,” in keeping with his household.
The world of motor racing is in mourning after studying the information that Hubert Auriol, a legendary automotive and motorcycle driver and former director of the Paris-Dakar rally, died at this time.
Nicknamed “the African”, not solely as a result of he was born in 1952 in Ethiopia but in addition due to his success on the tracks of the well-known rally-raid, he was the primary to win the race each in motorcycle (1981 and 1983) and by automotive (1992).
In 1995, he turned the brand new boss of the Dakar Rally, a place he held till 2004. It was underneath his course that the rally-raid would set off for the primary time exterior France, from Spain (Granada in 1995, 1996 and 1999) and even from Dakar (1997 and 2000).
His face shall be much more acquainted to the French public after he turned the primary presenter of the truth present “Koh-Lanta” on TF 1 in 2001 earlier than Denis Brogniart succeeded him.
Hubert Auriol additionally holds the file of the being one the quickest individuals, together with Henri Pescarolo, Patrick Fourtick and Arthur Powell, to circumnavigate the world in a propeller aircraft, in 1987 – shortly after his horrible motorcycle accident, the place he broke each his ankles – in a flight that took just a little over 88 hours.
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