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Former Toyota boss dies in crash

Ove Andersson
Andersson was a widely respected team boss in world rallying

Former Toyota Formula One and World Rally team boss Ove Andersson has been killed in a rally accident.

The Swede, 70, was involved in a head-on collision on a blind corner while driving a Volvo in a classic-car rally.

Andersson led Toyota to four world rally drivers' titles and three manufacturers' titles and second place in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2002.

The former rally driver ran Toyota's F1 team from its inception in 2002 until his retirement at the end of 2003.

During an accomplished rally career in the 1970s, Andersson won the famous Monte Carlo, San Remo, Acropolis and Safari rallies and took seven podium places in the world championship.

He was driving a 1957 Volvo on the Milligan Vintage Trial in South Africa when the accident happened.

Ove Andersson was killed driving this 1957 Volvo
The 1957 Volvo Andersson was driving in classic rally in South Africa
"Ove was an inspiration to our team and to many in motorsport," said Toyota Motorsport chairman Tadashi Yamashina in a statement.

"His passion for motorsport was legendary and he is a great loss to our sport."

Andersson will be remembered as the man who turned Toyota into one of the leading forces in rallying in the 1990s, with greats Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Aurio all winning the drivers' title.

He was also in charge when the team were banned for a season in 1995 after being found to be using illegal turbochargers.

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