JANUARY 16, 2002
Ex-Ligier man killed on Dakar
A few days ago there were reports of "a Toyota mechanic" having been killed in an accident on the Arras-Dakar Rally.
Vergnes was a Ligier mechanic for 10 years before setting up his own business in Le Mans, preparing sportscars and GT cars. He worked closely with Henri Pescarolo to prepare the Blue Elephant-sponsored Courage-Porsche C50 which was raced in 1999.
Vergnes was killed when the back-up vehicle in which he was travelling suffered a tire failure on the 12th stage of the rally between in Mauretania. Three members of his organization who were travelling with him were injured in the crash.