Motorsport Dakar

  • Dakar 2015: Stage 11

    Stage 11 of the Dakar 2015 was marked by yet another solid performance by the Toyota Imperial SA Dakar Team's 'mister consistency', Giniel de Villiers. Partnered by long-standing German navigator the Dakar veteran from Paarl posted the 3rd-fastest...
    Friday, 16th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 8

    A fantastic drive on the second day of the so-called marathon stage (stages without service assistance) saw Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz post the 4th-fastest time, 2:49 off the winner, and 13 seconds behind overall...
    Thursday, 15th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 10

    SALTA - Another day on the Dakar, another crossing of the Andes... Stage 10 saw the crews move from the dustbowl of Calama in Chile, across the Andes and down to the lush forests of Salta in Argentina. Along the way they also competed in a testing,...
    Thursday, 15th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 9

    CALAMA - Dakar 2015 served up a curveball for the race crews on Stage 9, with not only a challenging route from Iquique to Calama, but also a particularly hard-to-find waypoint that had many crews scrambling around, searching for the elusive beacon...
    Wednesday, 14th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 7

    As if the Dakar isn't tough enough, the crews had to go off into Bolivia on their own for Stage 7 - without the support of their service crews at the end of the day. For Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, in the Toyota ImperialHilux,...
    Sunday, 11th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 6

    Stage 6 of Dakar 2015 took place between the towns of Antofagasta and Iquique, and saw Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzetwitz (#303) post the second-fastest stage time in their Toyota Imperial Hilux. The pair finished just 37 seconds behind...
    Saturday, 10th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 5

    The Dakar is known as a race that takes no prisoners, and Stage 5 of the world's toughest motorsport event proved to be a turning point for Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in their Toyota Imperial Hilux (#327). 
    Friday, 9th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 4

    Stage 4: Poulter improves in standings, while De Villiers holds steady. It was a day of big moves on the Dakar, as the entire race relocated to Chile by traversing the spectacular Andes mountain range before the start of the stage. 
    Thursday, 8th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 3

    TOUGH DAY FOR POULTER, AS DE VILLIERS CEMENTS SECOND POSITION OVERALL
    Wednesday, 7th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 2

    The longest single stage of Dakar 2015 - 518 km of rocks, sand and dust. That's what the crews faced on the leg from the riverside town of Villa Carlos Paz to the arid San Juan, near the foothills of the Andes. And for a period shortly after the...
    Tuesday, 6th January 2015
  • Dakar 2015: Stage 1

    Both Toyota Imperial South African Dakar Team crews sighed in relief, as they successfully completed Stage 1 of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Not only that, but car #303 - driven by Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz - recorded the...
    Monday, 5th January 2015
  • DAKAR 2015: RACE VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT SHIPPED TO SOUTH AMERICA

    The team at Toyota Motorsport sighed a massive sigh of relief on Friday 12th December 2014, when the two locally developed and built Imperial Toyota Hilux race vehicles left the workshop in Barbeque Downs - next stop Buenos Aires. The two newly...
    Monday, 15th December 2014
  • TOYOTA IMPERIAL SOUTH AFRICA DAKAR TEAM READY FOR 2015 DAKAR RALLY

    For motorsport enthusiasts the month of January is synonymous with only one thing: The Dakar Rally. The 2015 race promises to live up to the legend created by the 35 previous editions of what has become one of our planet’s most iconic...
    Monday, 1st December 2014
  • DE VILLIERS / VON ZITZEWITZ In Action On RALLY OF MOROCCO

    Together with long-standing navigator, Dirk von Zitzewitz, De Villiers will compete as the Toyota Imperial South Africa Dakar Team and will challenge nearly 160 other competitors, including big names such as Nasser Al-Attiyah, Orlando Terranova...
    Thursday, 2nd October 2014
  • Hino Already Preparing for 2015 Dakar Rally

    Hino has already started its preparations for the 2015 Dakar Rally. The company is once again teaming up with Team Sugawara to enter two, four-wheel drive Hino 500-Series trucks in the event. For the full report please CLICK HERE
    Wednesday, 11th June 2014
  • de Villiers & von Zitzewitz Win Last Stage In 2014 Dakar

    Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Imperial Toyota Hilux) won the 13th and final stage of the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America on Saturday. They were officially classified as fourth overall at the finish in the Chilean port city of...
    Tuesday, 21st January 2014
  • De Villiers & von Zitzewitz Defend 3rd Place

    Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Imperial Hilux) successfully defended their third place overall in the Dakar Rally when they finished a frustrated seventh on Monday’s special stage eight, the first in Chile after seven stages...
    Monday, 13th January 2014
  • We Catch Up With Giniel and Dirk

    Salta, 11 January 2014Facts from the first week of the “Dakar”. Week one has provided enough stories to fill XXL editions and thick supplements. Seldom has the toughest motorsport marathon in the world been more eventful, or drama...
    Saturday, 11th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 6 - Giniel & Dirk Finish Fourth and Maintain Fourth Overall

    Salta, 10 January 2014 Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in the Imperial Toyota Hilux still have the Dakar Rally front-runners in their sights thanks to another top result. The 2009 Dakar winners were the fourth to finish the sixth leg of...
    Saturday, 11th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 5 - Another Tough Day for Leeroy & Rob

    Toyota Imperial Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie got stuck in the second Toyota Hilux trying to skirt around a sand dune. They got out the sand ladders and freed the car by reversing out. Soon after the clutch started to stick and they had to stop to...
    Friday, 10th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 5 - Giniel & Dirk Finish Second For The Day

    Tucumán, 09 January 2014 Mad, madder, “Dakar” – the favourites stumble, while the #302 Imperial Toyota Hilux enjoys a moment of glory. Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz narrowly missed out on their first stage win at...
    Friday, 10th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 4 - Technical Problems Slow Giniel & Dirk's Progress

    Chilecito, 08 January 2014 “Dakar” through and through – Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz have overcome the longest marathon within the marathon, proving their ability to improvise on the way. Despite technical problems, the...
    Thursday, 9th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 4 - The Dakar Shows How Tough It Can Be

    The Dakar Rally is not regarded as the world’s toughest motor racing challenge for nothing.  When you think you’ve got things under control, the Dakar bites back!  The first four days of the 2014 edition have seen even the most...
    Thursday, 9th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 3 - Poulter & Howie End Stage3 in THIRD!!

    Leeroy Poulter’s impressive start to his first Dakar Rally continued in Argentina on Tuesday when he and co-driver Rob Howie finished the racing section of stage three between San Luis and San Juan in third place in their Toyota Imperial Hilux...
    Wednesday, 8th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 3 - Giniel & Dirk Stay 6th After Stage THREE

    San Juan, 07 January 2014 “Dakar” drama in the face of everything: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain within striking distance of the leading group at the Dakar Rally. On the third day of the unrelenting motorpsport...
    Wednesday, 8th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 2 - Challenging Day For Poulter & Howie

    On a day that saw the Dakar Rally start to show its teeth and several of the top contenders run into trouble Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz showed why they are regarded as one of the top crews in world cross country racing. After losing...
    Tuesday, 7th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 2 - Fantastic Dakar Stage Two For Giniel & Dirk

    San Rafael, 06 January 2014 Mission accomplished on stage two – a further eleven remain: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz clocked the third fastest time of the day in their Imperial Toyota Hilux to work their way up the overall...
    Tuesday, 7th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 1 - Poulter & Howie Shine On Dakar Debut

    Leeroy Poulter got his maiden Dakar Rally off to the best possible start when he and co-driver Rob Howie, competing in his third Dakar, brought their Toyota Imperial Hilux #323 home in ninth place at the end of the first day of the 14-day 36th...
    Monday, 6th January 2014
  • Dakar Day 1 - Giniel & Dirk In At The Deep End

    San Luis, 05 January 2014 Just a few kilometres old, the “Dakar” has already shown just how relentless it can be: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz ended day one of the 2014 back in 27th place, 15:57 minutes off the lead. A quick...
    Monday, 6th January 2014
  • de Villiers / von Zitzewitz and virgin territory in the 2014 Dakar

    Rosario, Argentina, 4 January 2014 Three, two, ... one? The cleverest and therefore most successful duo of the South American “Dakar” era are an insider tip to win the event and are once again working towards a surprise success in the...
    Saturday, 4th January 2014
  • TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA Team Good To Go In 2014 DAKAR RALLY

    The countdown to the 36th running of the Dakar Rally is almost over and, with just two days to go to the start in Rosario, Argentina, on Sunday, the Toyota Imperial South Africa team is good to go.It’s been a hot and hectic few days since the...
    Friday, 3rd January 2014
  • Destination - Dakar 2014

    Toyota Motorsport South Africa is engaged in a race of a different kind as the newly crowned South African cross country champions grapple with the herculean task of packing some six tons of spares and equipment for the 2014 Dakar Rally in South...
    Monday, 9th December 2013
  • De Villers Among Five Former Champions In Dakar Rally

    The 2014 Dakar Rally in South America is a little over four weeks away and the release of the entry list and start numbers confirms that the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team of Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Leeroy Poulter/Rob Howie are...
    Monday, 2nd December 2013
  • Toyota Leads SA's Challenge In Dakar Rally

    What do you do for an encore after finished third and then second in the Dakar Rally? If you’re Toyota, whose core business principles include continuous improvement, you aim for first and what would be a momentous victory, not only for Toyota...
    Tuesday, 19th November 2013
  • NEW ENGINE For The 2014 IMPERIAL TOYOTA HILUX DAKAR CHALLENGER

    After stunning the international cross country car racing world by finishing third and then second in its first two attempts at the Dakar Rally, Toyota Motorsport South Africa returns to South America for the 35th running of the world’s...
    Wednesday, 16th October 2013
  • Toyota Motorsport Prepares For 2014 Dakar Rally

    Lauberville Camp, Walvis Bay – A week of concentrated testing in the Namib Desert near Walvis Bay has taken Toyota Motorsport South Africa a big step forward in their preparations for the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America from January 5 to 18.
    Monday, 12th August 2013
  • TOYOTA MOTORSPORT’S Preparations For 2014 DAKAR RALLY In Full Swing

    Tough just got tougher as Toyota Motorsport South Africa announced a new look team to kick start their Dakar Rally campaign in preparation for the world’s toughest race in January 2014.Dakar champions Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz...
    Thursday, 25th July 2013
  • Giniel de Villiers HONOURED At GOODWOOD Festival Of Speed

    Taking the honour of honours amongst a full house of legendary drivers, Capetonian Giniel de Villiers and his Imperial Toyota Dakar Racing Hilux was honoured with the Driver’s Award at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was the...
    Tuesday, 16th July 2013
  • Toyota Imperial SA Team Return Home From DAKAR RALLY

    The Toyota Imperial South Africa Team returned home today from South America to a hero’s welcome after their magnificent achievement in finishing second overall in the Dakar Rally, which ended in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday after a 15-day...
    Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
  • The Toyota Imperial South Africa Team returned home today from South America

    Santiago de Chile, 19th January 2013 Mr. and Mr. Reliable? Certainly. But also: Mr. and Mr. South America. Second overall! Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz have secured their place in the history books of the world’s toughest rally...
    Sunday, 20th January 2013
  • Finish Within Sight For De Villiers and von Zitzewitz In The 2013 “Dakar"

    La Serena, 18th January 2013 Without risk through the final major test posed by the 2013 Dakar Rally and on to the finish: On the penultimate stage of the 2013 “Dakar”, running from Copiapó to La Serena, Giniel de Villiers and...
    Saturday, 19th January 2013
  • Back In Chile! Giniel & Dirk Master the Andes, Desert and Dunes

    Copiapó, 17th January 2013 After an extremely demanding 2013 Dakar Rally stage which crossed the border between Argentina and Chile, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz driving the Imperial Toyota Hilux can give themselves a deserved...
    Friday, 18th January 2013
  • Dakar Day 10 - Giniel and Dirk Consolidate Second Place

    La Rioja, 15th January 2013 After their elevation to second place overall on the 2013 Dakar Rally on Monday, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz managed to consolidate their impressive overall position on the event’s tenth leg. Having...
    Wednesday, 16th January 2013
  • Joy At The Finish! Giniel & Dirk Move Into Second Place Overall

    Córdoba, 14 January 2013 “Even on bad days you can be strong”: After the day’s finish in Córdoba, Giniel de Villiers could hardly have summarised the tenth day of the 2013 Dakar Rally better, for the ninth stage of...
    Tuesday, 15th January 2013
  • Day 8 - Quiet after the storm

    Tucumán, 12 January 2013 Whether rain or storm – the underdogs remain in top form: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz carry their third place overall, which they assumed on the fourth day of the world’s toughest rally and...
    Sunday, 13th January 2013
  • Much achieved, nothing won – an Interview with de Villiers/Zitzewitz

    Tucumán, 13 January 2013 Sporting review by the rank outsiders: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz look back on their successful first week on the 2013 Dakar Rally. Third place overall in their “Proudly South Africanh...
    Sunday, 13th January 2013
  • Giniel and Dirk Fifth Fastest On The Day

    Salta, 11 January 2013 Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain in third place overall at the Rally Dakar. The 2009 “Dakar” winners, in the cockpit of the SA made Imperial Toyota Hilux ended the seventh stage from Calama to Salta...
    Saturday, 12th January 2013
  • Dakar Day 6 - Position Defended

    Calama, 10 January 2013 - Position defended on one of the most formidable stages: Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain in third place after almost 3,000 of the 8,000 kilometres that form this year’s Dakar Rally. Driving an...
    Friday, 11th January 2013
  • Dakar Day 5 - Giniel and Dirk Maintain 3rd Place

    It is their style. And it is successful. Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, at the wheel of the Imperial Toyota Hilux, clocked the fourth fasted time of the day to defend their third place in the overall standings. The winning duo from 2009,...
    Thursday, 10th January 2013
  • GINIEL DE VILLIERS FIGHTS BACK

    Giniel de Villiers showed why he is one of the world’s top endurance off road drivers in Tuesday’s special stage four of the Dakar Rally between Nazca and Arequipa in Peru.  After the disappointment of losing half an hour on...
    Wednesday, 9th January 2013

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