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Toyota SA Dakar team revved and ready for 2019 race in Peru

  • Final pre-race tests completed in high dunes
  • Technical checks later – Lima 7hrs behind SA
  • Start podium all set for January 6 2019
2019 DAKAR CALENDAR
2019 DAKAR CALENDAR

LIMA, Peru – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA has finished the testing phase of its Hiluxes ahead of the 2019 Dakar Rally – the 41st – which will open this evening (Jan 5) with a ceremonial start.

The South African entry’s three-strong team manager is once again the indefatigable master of the Dakar, Glyn Hall, who told The Corner on Saturday evening: “All three crews tested in the big dunes near Lima this week and declared themselves more than happy with the Hilixes’ performance.

2019 DAKAR RACE MAP: The whole event will be run in Peru.
2019 DAKAR RACE MAP: The whole event will be run in Peru. Image: Dakar Media Watch a video of the route here.

“We’ve also finalised the suspension set-up for the big dunes and all three crews will be starting on a near-identical shock-absorbers set-up.”

The Toyota SA Peru Dakar Rally teams are (driver / navigator)

  • Nasser al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (car 301)
  • Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (car 302)
  • Bernhard ten Brinke / Xavier Penseri (car 309)

Done also is the preparation of the race support trucks and packing of thousands of parts and equipment vital for the world’s toughest automotive race.

“It’s really a giant task but our experience since first competing in 2012 has taught us a lot. We’ve streamlined to  where we find ourselves fully prepared ahead of schedule.”

CENTRAL LIMA START

Next up will be the rigorous technical checks required before the cars will be allowed to race: administrative checks for all team members as well as physical checks to ensure that the Hiluxes conform to the current race rules.

The 2019 race was originally scheduled to be raced again in South America, in Chile, but that country withdrew at the last moment and Peru stepped up to the challenge.

The start ceremony will start in central Lima on January 6 after which the opening stage will see the teams leave Lima for the coastal town of Pisco, via some huge dunes, before heading further south to San Juan de Marcona.

DUNE AND DUSTED: The three South African Toyota Hilux bakkies are ready to race. Image: Toyota SA
DUNE AND DUSTED: The three South African Toyota Hilux bakkies are ready to race. Image: Toyota SA

Hall again: “Dakar 2019 promises to be exciting. It’s 10 years since Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz last won the Dakar.

READ THE background to the 2019 Dakar Rally here

”All three of our crews will be pushing for victory but I know Giniel is aiming to bring home the big trophy this year.”

From The Corner, great luck guys!

READ MORE Dakar Rally features on Carman’s Corner.

 

DUNE AND DUSTED: The three South African Toyota Hilux bakkies are ready to race. Image: Toyota SA
DUNE AND DUSTED: The three South African Toyota Hilux bakkies are ready to race. Image: Toyota SA

 

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