The Frenchman, one of the great legends of the rally, died this Sunday at the 68 years of age due to cardiovascular problems as reported by the French media. Hubert auriol was the first driver to win both motorcycles and cars in the Dakar, something that only Nani Roma has achieved, Stéphane Peterhansel and the.
Hubert Auriol, known as ‘the African’ because he was born in Ethiopia and because of his passion for racing in this country, began participating in motorcycling events in 1973. The greatest recognitions of his career were obtained in the Dakar, where he raced since the inaugural edition from 1979 to 1994. Hubert auriol He participated nine times on motorcycles and seven times in cars. In the two-wheeler category, he won in 1981 and in 1983 with a BMW.
The Frenchman was forced to change category when in 1987, leading, he broke both ankles on the penultimate stage of the Dakar. Although his first participation in 1988 was aboard a Mitshibishi Pajero, it was with Citroën with the car with which he was proclaimed champion in 1992.
Only two Spaniards have won more on motorcycles than Hubert Auriol
In addition to being one of the three drivers who has won both motorcycles and cars, Hubert Auriol achieved nine wins in 1984, a record that has never been equaled. In total, the Frenchman has garnered a total of 24 stage wins in the two-wheeler class, a record second only to Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres with 33, for Jordi Arcarons and Joan Barreda with 27 and by Marc Coma with 26.
Anecdotal was his second participation in the Dakar, when he was expelled as the leader for having carried out part of the special on board a local vehicle after having gearbox problems. Hubert auriolIn addition, along with three other colleagues, including the former Formula 1 driver Henri Pescarolo, broke the world record for a propeller plane in 1987.
Now retired from the competition, Hubert Auriol was hired by the ASO company to lead the Dakar organization, work that he carried out between 1995 and 2004. Later he organized or directed other rallies such as Africa Race or China Grand Rally. He was also the host of the first season of the adventure reality show Koh-Lanta, which began airing in 2001 and continues to air.