Hubert Auriol won the Dakar three times, first on a motorbike (1981 and 1983) and then in a car (1992), and served as race director for almost a decade. He inspired generations of riders and drivers and has been an integral part of the rally throughout its history.
AUTOMOBILE – DAKAR 1992 – 1992 monnet (philippe) peterhansel (stephane) sabine (gilbert) auriol (hubert) © PRESSE SPORTS
Following a switch to the car class, the 1992 edition saw Auriol become the firstcompetitor to win in two different categories, a feat he achieved together with the navigator Philippe Monnet. After his final participation, when he finished as runner-up in 1994, he jumped behind the wheel of the whole event, staying at the helm of the Dakar until 2003.
The organisers of the Dakar, shocked and saddened by the news, would like to extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family of a man who was a guiding light throughout the history of the rally, with a special thought for his daughters Julie, Jenna and Leslie.
Note from Rallystar.net editor: Auriol won the Paris-Sirte-Dakar-Le Cap Rally Raid when the event finished in Cape Town. The rally was the first international motorsport to be held in South Africa after the country was allowed back into international sport.