Isle of Man TT: Organisers confirm the death of Cesar Chanal

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Organisers of the event have confirmed they wrongly announced the death of French sidecar competitor Olivier Lavorel, and have now confirmed rider Cesar Chanal died in the crash during lap one of the first sidecar race of 2022 on the Mountain Course, on Saturday.

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Passenger, Olivier Lavorel, remains in a critical condition in Aintree Hospital in Liverpool.

The races are organised by ACU Events Limited on behalf of the Isle of Man government’s Department for Enterprise (DfE).

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In the statement, organisers said: “An initial identification procedure was conducted using established procedures and would appear to have resulted in a mistaken identification.

“We now believe it was Cesar Chanal who died at the scene of the accident on Saturday, 4 June. Olivier remains in a critical condition and continues to receive treatment.”

“One of the competitors sustained injuries that would not support life and was sadly declared dead at the scene. The second competitor was unconscious with severe injuries.

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“The injured competitor was treated at the roadside before being transferred to Noble’s Hospital, and then airlifted to a specialist hospital in Liverpool to receive treatment.

“An initial identification procedure was conducted using established procedures and would appear to have resulted in a mistaken identification.”

The statement concluded: “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of both Olivier and Cesar at this truly devastating time.

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“We ask that people do not speculate on social media.”

The statement also said, the families of both competitors’ have been informed and a “thorough review of the processes relating to the identification of competitors will take place in due course.”


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