DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

 The African passes away

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)
The recent updates on the health of Hubert Auriol foreshadowed the tragic news received by the organisers of the Dakar during stage 7. The former biker and driver has succumbed to a disease that sapped his strength but was unable to stop him from paying one last visit to the community he helped to build and galvanise, last year in Ha’il, on the occasion of the first edition of the rally in Saudi Arabia. Long before the start of this new era, back when the race was still in its infancy in Africa, he became one of the most iconic faces in the rally, going on to win the motorbike class in 1981 and 1983. The man from Addis Abeba soon came to be known as “The African”, but it was especially his epic duels with Cyril Neveu (particularly in 1987, when he lost after breaking both ankles in the penultimate stage) that established his legend and that of the Dakar.
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.

Source:dakar.com

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.

A Mitsubishi Pajero that won the 1992 Total Paris Sirte Le Cap Rally