Czech Karel loprais, winner of Dakar Rally On six occasions in the truck category (1988, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2001), all with the Tatra brand, he died this Thursday, according to the organization.
He made his debut in 1986, unable to finish by arriving late at the start of the last stage, and in addition to his victories, he achieved four second places and one third.
Her nephew, Ales loprais, who followed in his footsteps and participates in the Dakar also in the truck category, gave him an emotional farewell on his social networks.
“At the age of 73, after a brief illness, a man left us who, in general, had few words and spoke even less about himself. However, through his actions, his achievements, his behavior, his attitude towards life and his typical shy-looking smile, he won the respect, esteem and hearts of several generations of colleagues, rivals, motorsport fans and the general public, “he wrote.
“The passing of Karl Loprais is a painful blow for the whole family and the wide circle of friends. Today he has left us a completely original person, whose place in our world cannot be occupied by anyone or anything. However, countless beautiful memories remain in our hearts and in our memory, for which we will never cease to be grateful. Thanks Karl! “He added.