It is, without any doubt, the world's toughest motor race. This year an intrepid South African team counted amongst the competitors for the fourth time, and despite facing off against some of the giants in the automotive world, the Toyota Imperial South African Dakar Team came back carrying a trophy.
ELATION AS DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ FINISH ON DAKAR PODIUM
PENULTIMATE STAGE OF DAKAR 2015 SEES STEADY PERFORMANCES BY BOTH TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA DAKAR TEAM CREWS
SOLID STAGE FOR DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ, AS TEAM ORDERS HOLD BACK POULTER/HOWIE
POULTER/HOWIE IMPRESSES, AS DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ CONSOLIDATES
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ MAINTAIN SECOND POSITION, DESPITE NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES ON STAGE 9
TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA DAKAR TEAM IN STRONG POSITION AT DAKAR REST DAY; TOYOTA CLAIMS FIRST STAGE WIN
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 7 OF DAKAR 2015, AS POULTER CONSOLIDATES
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 6 OF DAKAR 2015
STEADY PERFORMANCE BY DE VILLIERS, HEARTACHE FOR POULTER
Stage 4: Poulter improves in standings, while De Villiers holds steady.
TOUGH DAY FOR POULTER, AS DE VILLIERS CEMENTS SECOND POSITION OVERALL
POULTER IMPRESSES EARLY ON STAGE TWO OF DAKAR 2015
TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA DAKAR TEAM IN SATISFACTORY POSITION AFTER STAGE ONE OF DAKAR 2015
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.
For motorsport enthusiasts the month of January is synonymous with only one thing: The Dakar Rally. As in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Imperial Toyota South Africa Dakar Team will be there for the start, fielding the best race Toyota Hilux yet.
South Africa’s Dakar star, motorsport legend Giniel de Villiers, takes on the tough Rally of Morocco in his Imperial Toyota Hilux. The event starts on October 4th, 2014
Hino starts preparations for the 2015 Dakar Rally.
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Imperial Toyota Hilux) won the 13th and final stage of the 2014 Dakar Rally and they were officially classified as fourth overall while team mates Poulter and Howie ended 33rd
Giniel and Dirk (Imperia Toyota Hilux) successfully defended their third place overall in the Dakar Rally when they finished a frustrated seventh for the day....
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.
In this report we give you some facts on week one as well as information on tomorrow's stage. We also include a few "did you knows" about Giniel and Dirk...
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz narrowly missed out on their first stage win at the Rally Dakar since switching to the Toyota Hilux
Toyota Imperial Leeroy Poulter & Rob Howie loose time clutch problem..
Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz overcome the longest marathon within the marathon, proving their ability to improvise on the way. Despite technical problems, the duo brought home their Imperial Toyota Hilux in seventh place
When you think you’ve got things under control, the Dakar bites back! Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie driving the second Imperial Toyota Hilux blew two shocks in the events longest stage!!
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz remain within striking distance of the leading group despite punctures and problems with the hydraulic jack...
Leeroy & Rob continue to impress in their first Dakar by ending the day 3rd in their Imperial Toyota Hilux. Poulter and Howie also moved into 10th overall
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 to sixth place in the overall classification of the 2014 Rally Dakar.
“Today was my first experience of racing in the sand dunes and we got stuck a couple of times. As a result we got passed by a few competitors and later, when we caught them up, we struggled in their dust" said Leeroy
Foulty seal costs Giniel and Dirk almost 16 minutes, while Leeroy and Rob finish first day 9th...
Leeroy Poulter got his maiden Dakar Rally off to the best possible start when he and co-driver Rob Howie, brought their Imperial Toyota Hilux #323 home in ninth place at the end of the first day of the Dakar....
Three, two, ... one? The cleverest and therefore most successful duo of the South American “Dakar” era are an insider tip to win the 2014 Dakar event!!
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....
Toyota Motorsport South Africa is currently engaged with the herculean task of packing some six tons of spares and equipment for the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America in January...
With a little over four weeks before the flag drops for the start of 2014 Dakar Rally the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team of Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Leeroy Poulter/Rob Howie are in the company of the world’s top rally raid teams...
What do you do for an encore after finishing third and then second in the Dakar Rally? You aim for first.....
The most significant difference between the 2014 version and the bakkie that did duty so impressively in January is the Toyota engine...
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....
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.
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...
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 2013 Dakar Rally
Second overall! Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz have secured their place in the history books of the world’s toughest rally...
Without risk through the final major test posed by the 2013 Dakar Rally and on to the finish...
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 pat on the back.
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...
“Even on bad days you can be strong”, Giniel and Dirk driving the Imperial Toyota Hilux move into second place
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....
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz look back on their successful first week on the 2013 Dakar Rally....
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 South African built Imperial Toyota Hilux, ended the seventh stage from Calama to Salta in fifth place....