The passenger, Belgian Maxime Frére, was injured and taken to the National Guard hospital in Jeddah, the statement added.
The French driver was chief mechanic on the 205 Turbo 16 in the Dakar Classic Race, the statement said.
In addition, two days before the start of the rally on December 30, a car exploded, seriously injuring its French driver, Philippe Boutron. The explosion hit an assistance vehicle belonging to the French team Sodicars shortly after leaving its Jeddah hotel for the route, prompting French prosecutors to open a terrorism investigation.
There are traditionally five major categories of vehicles in the Dakar rally: cars, motorcycles, trucks, UTVs and quads.
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