Isidre Esteve Pujol (May 15, 1972 – La Seu d’Urgell, Lleida) is a Catalan rally competitor, who when he had already participated in the Dakar nine times, had an accident that caused him paraplegia. His struggle, attitude and control of life led him to return to Dakar and create a foundation to help other people.
Among his major accomplishments include being runner-Enduro European Championship in 1995 and Spain in 1999.
He has participated in many occasions in the Dakar Rally, with his best finish a 4th place finish in the editions of 2001 and 2005 in 2006 was a close battle for the lead with fellow Spanish Marc Coma, both having more than 21 minutes ahead respect to third place, but four days of completion of the rally, was forced to leave after suffering several falls on the same stage as a result of which also lost his spleen.
The March 24, 2007 he suffered an injury of extreme gravity after falling in the Bajo Almanzora for the Championship of Spain Terrain that was played in Almeria test, in which the T7 and T8 vertebrae fractured, I being ridden a wheelchair.
On 25 January 2008 he was appointed director of the Circuit de Bellpuig (Lleida). In February 2008, signed an agreement with Esteve manufacturer Ssang Yong SUVs to participate in the Championship Off Road Rally Spain and the Dakar Rally 2009.
The May 20, 2008 in Madrid presented the book The fate of my destiny with the mayor of the capital of Spain, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the double world champion Carlos Sainz Rally and journalist, Manuel Franco, author of the work. It also confirmed its intention to participate in the 2009 edition of the Dakar Rally in the car category, at the wheel of a Ssang Yong adapted to their condition of paraplegia. Esteve, with co-driver Eric Auge Medina, ended his first experience driving in the Dakar in the number 71 position.