Dakar rally legend Hubert Auriol has died at the age of 68


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The legend of the Dakar rally, Hubert Auriol, unfortunately passed away on Sunday January 10 at the age of 68 “as a result of a cardiovascular accident following a long fight against the disease”, according to his family.

The world of motor racing is in mourning after hearing the news of the death of Hubert Auriol, legendary car and motorcycle driver and former director of the Paris-Dakar rally.

Nicknamed “the African”, not only because he was born in Ethiopia in 1952 but also because of his success on the tracks of the famous rally-raid, he was the first to win the race both on a motorcycle (1981 and 1983) and by car (1992).

In 1995, he became the new boss of the Dakar Rally, a position he held until 2004. It was under his leadership that the rally-raid would leave for the first time outside France, from Spain (Granada in 1995 , 1996 and 1999) and even Dakar (1997 and 2000).

His face will be even better known to the French public after becoming the first presenter of the reality show “Koh-Lanta” on TF 1 in 2001 before Denis Brogniart succeeded him.

Hubert Auriol also holds the record for being one of the fastest men, along with Henri Pescarolo, Patrick Fourtick and Arthur Powell, to circumnavigate the world in a propeller plane, in 1987 – shortly after his terrible motorcycle accident, where he broke both ankles – in a flight that lasted just over 88 hours.

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