Dakar Rally competitor Thomas Bourgin of France died on Friday after colliding with a Chilean police car whilst making his way to the start of the seventh stage of this year’s edition of the race.
He was 25-years-old.
An inquiry has been launched into the circumstances of the incident which brings the number of deaths in this year’s Dakar to three.
Two people were killed the day before after a race support vehicle carrying members of a British team of disabled army veterans crashed head-on into a taxi in Peru.
The taxi driver and the passenger were both killed while seven people were badly injured and taken to hospital near the Chile border.
The recent tragedies have taken the Dakar death toll to 66 since the first edition in 1979.