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Dakar 2014: Toyota SA its mark

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The 9500km haul through and Chile was the longest, highest and Dakar yet. Among the were Giniel de Villiers and von Zitzewitz in their proudly African Toyota Hilux.

It was the highest and toughest Dakar since the iconic event from politically troubled Africa to South America in

Only 204 vehicles (78 out of 184 motorcycles, 15 of 42 61 of 154 cars and 50 of 70 trucks) out of the 450 that the race in Rosario in Argentina on 5 made it to the finish.


The 9500km haul through and Chile took two weeks and 5000km of racing sections over 13 stages.

Among the were both of the proudly African Toyota Imperial Hilux 4×4 bakkie.

Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von finished fourth overall and in the T1.1 class for petrol-powered De Villiers was the only driver to the fight to the Minis all the way to the finish at the port city of Valparaiso, the last stage on his way to his seventh top finish in 10 Dakars.

Leeroy and Rob Howie were 33rd and 13th in class. Four Hilux 4x4s finished in the top 25.

Overdrive team, who ran vehicles by Toyota SA or assembled from supplied by Toyota Motorsport’s Hall, placed seventh and (second and third in class) Marek Dabrowski/Jacek Czachor and Malysz/Rafal Marton and 17th in class) with Aidyn Demyanenko.

South African Thomas Rundle and Juan competing in their first Rally, using the Hilux De Zitzewitz finished second in the Dakar, were 25th and eighth in class.

Toyota also took the in the T2 class for production vehicles. The Cruisers of Japanese/French duo Jun Mitsuhashi and Guehennic and team mates Gibon and Akira Miura 20th and 21st overall and first and second in class.

It was third class win.

Sugawara, competing in his 33rd at the age of 72 (he was the oldest competitor), and Hiroyuki (Hino) along with son Yoshimasa/Katsumi Hamura (Hino) 12th and 31st overall in the truck category and in class

Toyota Motorsport SA technician Geel was a crew member in the T4 assistance truck that won its and provided technical backup the route to the two Toyota Imperial 4x4s.


Team manager Glyn paid special tribute to his and technicians: “You have South African spirit and like a Springbok rugby

“The Hilux was so much than last year and we had hopes. We compete to win, so it was not being able to match the It was very evident that we were pushing our cars the

“There is a disparity in the performance of the that is a real issue and it is to be addressed. The current rules result in the Hilux having the (tightest) restrictor of the top contenders in place for the past two years and now are to be reviewed.

We just have to ensure we get the of power right.

Giniel de said: “We had high expectations. The new was the best we’ve ever but the race conditions, with of the route run at high altitude, did not our petrol-powered engine with the air restrictor imposed by the organisers.

The Minis with their restrictors enjoyed a considerable at altitude and also in the sand We were able to compete them on an equal footing in the conditions. Winning our first in the Hilux was a special moment.”

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Poulter, competing in his first impressed with his pace, he led the for most of the opening stage and his first podium finish on three and proved to be a driver to in the future.


Poulter said: “We had such a start I wondered why everyone had me it was such a big race. Then we to earth with a bump we broke our rear dampers on four. We had to wait four for the assistance truck and it was a difficult from then on.

We’ve a great deal this and I’m looking forward to coming again and putting this to good use.”

Dakar provisional overall classification:

1 Roma/Michel Périn (ESP/FRA), 50hr44min58

2 Stephane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul (FRA), Mini, +5min38

3 Al-Attiyah and Lucas Cruz Mini, +56:52

4 Giniel de von Zitzewitz (ZAF/DEU), Toyota +1hr10min07

5 Orlando Terranova/Paulo (ARG/PRT), Mini, +1hr27min44

6 Holowczyc/Konstantin Zhiltsov (POL), +3hr55min42

7 Marek Dabrowski/Jacek Czachor Toyota Hilux, +5hr34min25

8 Lavieille/Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA), GWM +5hr35min50

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