Organizers said he was in a Baia Mare, N Romania, hospital,
where specialists were trying to ascertain the damage.
France’s Stephane peterhansel driving a Mitsubishi won the first
stage for cars around Baia Mare, ahead of Germany’s Dieter Depping
(VW) and France’s Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi).
A total of 234 vehicles: 96 bikes, 17 quads, 82 cars and 39
trucks are taking part in the rally.
The first section of the Central Europe Rally, a declared
substitute for the Dakar Rally, began in Budapest, then runs through
Hungary and Romania, returning to Hungary to end at Balatonfured (W)
The 2008 Dakar Rally was cancelled in January due to fears of