a French mechanic killed in a road accident

In a press release published this Friday, January 14, the organizers of the Dakar 2022 announced the death of a French mechanic following a road accident, on the sidelines of the race taking place in Saudi Arabia.

The Dakar in mourning again. After the violent explosion of the vehicle of pilot Philippe Boutron, a new drama occurs. The French mechanic – and driver of the car – Quentin Lavallée, died in an accident during the 12th and final stage of the Dakar 2022.

Chief mechanic of the French team PH Sport, on the 205 Turbo 16 entered in the Dakar Classic category, Quentin Lavallée was 20 years old.

The tragedy took place around 11:30 am at kilometer 234 of a link that has 516 in total. According to the statement sent by the organizer ASO, a “local truck” would be involved.

The passenger of the car, the Belgian Maxime Frère, was injured and transported conscious to a hospital in Jeddah, where a full assessment is underway.

A murderous race

In addition to the ecological controversies around large engines potentially harmful to the environment, the Dakar rally (formerly Paris-Dakar) shows a heavy human toll. Indeed since its creation in the late 1970s, the event has seen very few editions without death. Since the first victim in 1979, the French biker Patrick Dodin, the macabre list has continued to grow.

The year 1988 saw the deadliest Dakar in history. During this edition eight people died: three spectators, three participants and two journalists.

The French are also one of the nationalities most affected. After François Picquot in 1991, Gilles Lalay in 1992, Laurent Guéguen in 1996, Jean-Pierre Leduc in 1997, Bruno Cauvy in 2003, Pascal Terry in 2009, Thomas Bourgin in 2013, the French biker Pierre Cherpin also lost his life. last year after a serious fall.

This meeting of lovers of motorsports deplored a toll of 74 victims in 2020, among which are competitors, spectators or the local population.

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