2017 DAKAR MINI: Text. Images: Mini / Newspress
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New Dakar Mini: ‘A giant in cross-country rallying’

Meet Mini's giant - all set for Dakar All new to take on South African Toyotas Aerospace steel, carbon fibre everywhere else CARMAN'S CORNER recently published a feature on Toyota SA's two Hilux bakkies kitted out and ready, with two famous driving teams, for the 2017 Dakar rally scheduled to start on January 2. Now Mini… Continue reading New Dakar Mini: ‘A giant in cross-country rallying’

Toyota Hilux Dakar 2017 Images: Toyota SA
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SA Toyota teams all set for Dakar 2017

Upington testing over - now real thing Only two teams now for 2017 Dakar New route traverses South America UPINGTON, South Africa - Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, its final pre-Dakar 2017 testing done and, er, dusted, has announced two trucks for the South American endurance race. The 10 000km race will start in the Paraguyan… Continue reading SA Toyota teams all set for Dakar 2017

Peugeot 3008 Dakar Rally car. Image: Newspress/Peugeot
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3008 takes over as Peugeot’s Dakar challenger

Bigger, better, faster for 2017 Dakar Peugeot 3008 goes from road to rally Nine months of preparation for French brand PARIS, France - Team Peugeot Total and Red Bull have revealed the Peugeot 3008 DKR race car that will supersede the 2008 DKR that won the 2016 Dakar and Silk Way rallies. The car above… Continue reading 3008 takes over as Peugeot’s Dakar challenger

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Tough women: NZ, SA pair shine in Italy rally

HEROINES AND HEROS: Positive times for New Zealand rally driver Emma Gilmour (left) and South African navigator Sandra Labuscagne (middle) after they completed their second adventure in the world of cross-country rallying. With them (from left) are Dakar Rally winner Nasser al-Attiyah, Michele Mouton (FIA Women in Motorsport president) and Nasser's navigator Matthieu Baumel. Image:… Continue reading Tough women: NZ, SA pair shine in Italy rally

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Dakar done! And glory for South Africa in cars and quads

ROSARIO, Argentina - The 38th Dakar Rally has ended in Rosario after a short 180km stage with Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot) wrapping up his sixth triumph in the car category and Toby Price, racing in the motorcycle category, stamping his name on the list of winners for the first time. South Africa's ace driver Giniel de… Continue reading Dakar done! And glory for South Africa in cars and quads

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First stage win for Hirvonen as Mini dominates Dakar Stage 12

BIG DAY FOR HIRVONEN: Regular World Rally championship driver Mikko Hirvonen won Stage 12 of the 2016 Dakar Rally on Friday after a tough drive in his Mini All4 race car. Image: Mini VILLA CARLOS PAZ, Argentina - Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen took his first Dakar Rally special stage win on Friday (Jan 15) with… Continue reading First stage win for Hirvonen as Mini dominates Dakar Stage 12

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Dakar Stage 11: De Villiers holds on to third behind Minis

SAN JUAN, Argentina - With the stages on Dakar 2016 unwinding, the crews tackled the final off-piste stage of the race from the Argentine town of La Rioja to the overnight at San Juan on Thursday, January 14th. The 431km track was deemed by many to be one of the hardest stages of this year's… Continue reading Dakar Stage 11: De Villiers holds on to third behind Minis

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Update: Dakar Stage 10: Good news for Gazoo team; Peterhansel wins

LA RIOJA, Argentina - Stage 10 of the 2016 Dakar on Wednesday (Jan 13) brought the fearsome dunes of the Catamarca, near the town of Fiambalá, properly into play and a number of the top crews faltered under the relentless South American sun. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, however, it was again a day where… Continue reading Update: Dakar Stage 10: Good news for Gazoo team; Peterhansel wins

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SA’s Gazoo Hiluxes still in Dakar Top 10

RED BULL STILL CHARGING: Carlos Sainz (Peugeot) won Saturday's Stage 7 of the 2016 Dakar Rally ahead of Sunday's rest day for the crews. The South African Toyota team's three Hiluxes are still in the top 10. Image: Dakar image service SALTA, Argentina - Today (Sunday Jan 10) is a rest day for the 2016 Dakar… Continue reading SA’s Gazoo Hiluxes still in Dakar Top 10

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Record altitude as Dakar racers pant through Andes ‘marathon’

UYUNI, Bolivia - The altitude at which the cars were competing on the way across the Andes mountains to Bolivia was the highest in the history of the Dakar, according to the Mini All4 Racing team but added that despite that Nasser al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) took Stage 5 "at a fast and… Continue reading Record altitude as Dakar racers pant through Andes ‘marathon’