GINIEL DE VILLIERS Driver
Giniel (pronounced with a soft ‘g’, as in ‘gin’) may be best-known for his triumph in the 2009 Dakar Rally – the 31st running of the event, and the first Dakar rally to be run in South America. But the plucky lad from the Western Cape has lived and breathed motorsport for his entire life. He has won championships in production cars, raced internationally on various circuits and even won a rally, behind the wheel of the Imperial Toyota Yaris S2000, in 2015.
He is, undeniably, one of South Africa’s top motor sportsmen. Known as ‘mister reliable’, he has chalked up more top ten Dakar finishes than you can shake a stick at, and now he currently also races the SACCS. The opportunity to compete in the local championship has given De Villiers the opportunity to return to a championship he won a decade ago. But more than that, it gives him significantly more seat time in the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux, in preparation for Dakar 2018.
De Villiers lives in Stellenbosch, with his wife and three children. His hobbies include golf and mountain biking.