VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA 1 October 2016
- – First overall for Anthony Taylor/Dennis Murphy (Class FIA Toyota Hilux)
- – Second overall for Conrad Rautenbach/Rob Howie (Class FIA Toyota Hilux)
- – First in Class S for Otto Graven/Bobby Brewis (Class S Toyota Hilux)
- – Manufacturer’s Award for Toyota
- – Successful test of Toyota Hilux Evo in preparation for Dakar 2017
DAKAR 2017: TOYOTA GAZOO RACING RACING SA ANNOUNCES TWO-CAR LINE-UP 10 November 2016
UPINGTON, SOUTH AFRICA – With the final pre-Dakar 2017 test session now done and dusted, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA have announced a two-car line-up for the iconic race, which takes place during the first two weeks of the next year. The team now features two former Dakar winners, in the form of Giniel deVilliers, partnered with Dirk von Zitzweitz; and Nasser Al Attiyah, with Matthieu Baumel besides him.
De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz have campaigned the Toyota Hilux in Dakar since 2012, achieving podium finishes in all but one attempt so far. The pair have proven themselves as highly accomplished and experienced campaigners, having won the event together in 2009. Furthermore, De Villiers has one of the highest start-to-podium ratios in the history of the Dakar, and has missed out on a Top 10 finish only once since he first tackled the race in 2003.
Al Attiyah and Baumel may be new to the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team, but they’re certainly no strangers to the Toyota Hilux. The pair fielded a South-African built Toyota Hilux in this year’s FIA Cross-Country World Cup, winning each round they entered, and taking the championship in the process. In addition, they also won the grueling Rally of Morocco in October 2016, proving not only that they’re a crew to be reckoned with, but also that the Toyota Hilux is capable of performing well on any stage.