I was very sad to hear the news thos weekend about Chilean rally rider and driver Carlo de Gavardo, passing away in a heart attack, only 45 years of age.
He was a great rider and also a genuine person who was mentoring me when I was racing the World Cup championship back in 2004.
At races he was always friendly to everybody, and would help if possible. I got to know him in Rallye d’Orient in 2004, where he and I talked a long long time. That was in my early years and he gave me so much of his racing philosophy that has helped me in my career.
My thoughts goes to his family, who I know was very dear to him.
Image source: http://www.carlodegavardo.cl