JANUARY 13, 2002
Katayama makes it to Dakar
Former Grand Prix driver Ukyo Katayama made it to the end of the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally on Sunday, albeit nearly 55 hours behind the race winner.
The 38-year-old Japanese driver will decide whether or not to try again to win the world's most famous rally-raid. In the meantime he is still considering a second attempt to climb Mount Everest without oxygen.
Katayama has never been one to shirk a challenge. He moved to France early in his racing career and survived an accident in Formula 3 which left him with a broken neck after his care went over the barriers at the daunting Clermont-Ferrand circuit.
The event was won by Mitsubishi driver Hiroshi Masuoka and his co-driver Pascal Maimon with last year's winner Lotta Kleinschmidt second and Kenjiro Shinozuka third.