French co-driver dies in crash

PARIS: Bruno Cauvy, the French co-driver of a Toyota team car, died in a crash during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally over 512km from Zilla to Sarir in Libya on Saturday. 

“The crash occurred at the 270th km. A helicopter was sent to the scene. The car was upside down when the rescue team arrived 27 minutes later and the doctors could do nothing but confirm Bruno Cauvy was dead,” organisers said. 

Cauvy, 48, was the co-driver of car number 280. The driver, Daniel Nebot, escaped unhurt. 

Former champion Kenjiro Shinozuka of Japan was removed from intensive care on Saturday after his life-threatening accident on Thursday’s eighth stage. 

“I’m fine. I’m doing well. I’m better in my body but my heart is aching because I’ve left the action,” Shinozuka told Reuters. 

Shinozuka, 54, was removed from an intensive care room at the Berges du Lac clinic in Tunis and will fly home to Paris. 

Shinozuka’s Nissan pick-up hit a sand dune and rolled for several metres midway through Thursday’s 727-km stage between Ghat and Sabha in Libya. 

He and his French co-driver Thierry Delli-Zotti were taken to the rally centre in Sabha where a doctor declared Shinozuka's life was in danger as the Japanese went into a coma. 

Delly-Zotti sustained fractures in both legs. He was one of four injured competitors who were flown to Paris on Friday. Two others, Frenchman Droux Simon Francois and Belgian Wouter Paul Constant, were discharged early on Saturday to fly home. 

Japanese Hiroshi Masuoka, driving a Mitsubishi, won Saturday’s stage from overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of France, also in a Mitsubishi. – Reuters 

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