11 June, 2008

Ove Andersson killed in rally crash

Former Toyota team principal Ove Andersson was killed on Wednesday in an accident during a classic rally in South Africa.

The Swede, who managed Toyota's European motorsport arm for over 30 years, is believed to have been involved in a head-on collision with a truck during the Milligan classic rally.

Andersson oversaw Toyota's Formula One programme when the Japanese manufacturer made its grand prix racing debut in 2002.

He left his role as team principal in 2003, becoming an advisor to the team.

Eklund rates Ove Andersson to one of his favourite people in motorsport. He says about former Toyota rally boss: "He was a mastermind of African rallies like the Safari and Ivory Coast"

Andersson was 70.

Our sincerest condolences go to all he knew him well - especially his family and his beloved wife.

Mike Jager

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