The organization of the Isle of Man TT made an official statement on Wednesday morning that the French driver Olivier Lavorel was not killed in the incident in the race on Saturday afternoon, but that it concerns the sidecar driver César Chanal.
Bizarre news from the Isle of Man TT organization on Wednesday morning. In an official statement, it was announced that there had been a misidentification. It now appears that not driver Olivier Lavorel died on the spot as a result of the incident, but it was the sidecar driver César Chanal. According to the report, Lavorel remains in critical condition and is still undergoing treatment.
A completely bizarre message from the Isle of Man TT organization that is almost unbelievable. The incident took place within a few tens of seconds after take-off and the sidecar therefore had about 50 liters of fuel on board, causing a large sea of flames after the impact. This may have played a role in misidentifying the victim. César Chanal’s father has also posted an obituary of his son on Facebook.
Read the official message from the Isle of Man TT organization below.
Isle of Man TT Races official statement:
“On Saturday 4 June, during the opening lap of the first sidecar race of the Isle of Man TT 2022, an accident at Ago’s Leap involving sidecar number 39 of César Chanal and Olivier Lavorel resulted in the death of one of the Attendees.
The race was halted with red flags with medical personnel, a Traveling Marshal and emergency services immediately dispatched to the scene of the accident.
One of the participants had injuries that no longer supported life and was unfortunately pronounced dead on the spot. The second contestant was unconscious and had serious injuries.
The injured participant was treated at the roadside and then transferred to Noble’s Hospital and then airlifted to a specialist hospital in Liverpool for treatment.
An initial identification procedure was performed according to the usual procedures and appears to have resulted in a misidentification.
We now believe that it was César Chanal who died at the accident site on Saturday, June 4. Olivier remains in critical condition and continues to be treated.
The families of both participants have been notified.
A thorough review of the participant identification processes will take place in due course.
Our thoughts go out to Olivier and César’s family and loved ones at this very devastating time.
We ask people not to speculate on social media.”
The trial is ongoing and at the request of the coroner, the Isle of Man TT organization is unable to make any further statements at this time.
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