The passenger, Belgian Maxime Frére, was injured and transported to the Nationwide Guards Hospital in Jeddah, the assertion added.
The French driver was chief mechanic on the 205 Turbo 16 racing the Dakar traditional, in accordance with the assertion.
Individually, two days earlier than the start of the rally on December 30, a automotive exploded, severely injuring its French pilot, Philippe Boutron. The blast hit a help car belonging to French crew Sodicars quickly after it left its Jeddah lodge for the race route prompting French prosecutors to open a terrorism investigation.
There are historically 5 main car classes within the Dakar Rally: automobiles, motorbikes, vehicles, UTVs and quad bikes.