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07 Jan
SOLID START TO DAKAR 2019 FOR TOYOTA...
PISCO, PERU

07 JANUARY 2019

Stage win for Nasser Al Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel
6th place for Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz
8th place for Bernhard ten Brinke / Xavier Panseri
Stage 2 promises more sand and big dunes
PISCO, PERU – It was a fantastic start to Dakar 2019, when Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s three-Toyota Hilux team tackled the opening stage of the race on Monday, January 7th. Former race winners Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel set the pace from the start, winning the opening stage by just shy of two minutes over last year’s winner, Carlos Sainz (MINI).

The pair, who also won the Rally of Morocco late in 2018, were simply superb in the dunes, and quickly caught up with Sainz. They elected to remain behind him, however, as the gains to be made weren’t worth the risk at this early stage.

“Nasser and Mathieu did exactly what was required of them,” said an ecstatic Glyn Hall, Team Principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA from the bivouac at Pisco. “There’s always the temptation to throw caution to the wind, but Nasser is an old hand and knows what it takes to win not only stages, but the race overall.”

Al Attiyah/Baumel represents the spearhead of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA charge, with Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz completing the stage 02:40 behind their teammates, setting the 6th-fastest time in the process.

“We decided to go at a good pace, rather than push too hard on the opening stage,” said De Villiers after completing the 84 km-long test. “There’s very little time to be made on such a relatively short stage, but even a small mistake can put you on the back foot for the remainder of the race.”

Dutch star Bernhard ten Brinke, partnered with French navigator Xavier Panseri, had much the same outlook. The pair set the 8th-fastest time, just over three minutes behind Al Attiyah/Baumel.

All three crews reported flawless performances by the Toyota Hilux, and were extremely positive about the suspension setup. With that said, the team completed a final test on De Villiers’ car during the stage, and will now apply the results for the rest of the race.

“We are really pleased with our performance today,” said Hall. “All three crews did exactly what we had planned, and I think the team is full of positive energy at this point. We have every reason to be upbeat, and we are looking forward to tomorrow’s long stage.”

Stage 2 is 342 km in length, and as with the opening stage, will be run mainly on massive sand dunes. This offers a stern navigational challenge for the co-pilots, while also testing the cars and drivers to their limits.

Dakar 2019 comprises 10 stages, with a rest day at the midpoint. Stage 2 will see the crews start in the coastal town of Pisco, before heading southwards to San Juan de Marcona. The race will finish on January 17th, in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

STAGE 1 RESULTS:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (Toyota)
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +01:59
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:00
Vasilyev / Zhlitsov (Toyota) +02:18
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +02:28
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (Toyota) +02:40
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +02:57
Ten Brinke / Panseri (Toyota) +03:19
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +03:25
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +04:25
ENDS

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Suppliers and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Eurol, Toyota Financial Services and the Innovation Group. Also Hallspeed, Imperial Toyota, SKF, Spanjaard, OMP, NGK, Donaldson, Mastercraft, Edgecam, 3M, Bandit Signs, Shatterprufe, Supreme Springs, Smith’s Manufacturing, TRD, Peritus Forex, First National Battery, SAA Cargo, STR8-LIGN, Duxbury Netgear, Lumotech and Plan-C Productions. 

08 Jan
EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON STAGE 2 SEES...
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU

08 JANUARY 2019

3rd place on Stage 2 for Bernhard ten Brinke / Xavier Panseri
4th place on Stage 2 for Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz
10th place on Stage 2 for Nasser Al Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz tops overall standings
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Stage 2 brought major excitement early in the Dakar, thanks to a ding-dong battle amongst the leaders. In the end, however, it was Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot) who posted the fastest time, some 8 seconds faster than MINI’s Nani Roma. However, the biggest gains were made by Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (302) and Bernhard ten Brinke/Xavier Panseri (309).

Ten Brinke/Panseri started the day in 8th position, but set about the task of completing the 342 km-long stage between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona with surgical precision. The Dutch driver brought his Toyota Hilux home just 01:20 behind the winner, moving into second position in the overall standings as a result.

De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz, however, find themselves in the lead of the Dakar Rally after posting the 4th-fastest time on Stage 2, just 11 seconds behind teammates Ten Brinke/Panseri. This, together with their good performance on Stage 1, sees them topping the overall standings, 28 seconds ahead of Ten Brinke/Panseri in second place.

Winners of Stage 1, Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel, finished Stage 2 in the tenth-fastest time after having to open the road. This turned out to be extremely tricky in the thick sand and fine dust, and the pair were happy to restrict their time loss to 07:37 on the day. On the flip-side this means they will be the tenth car on the road for Stage 3 – an ideal position from which to attack.

“We are very happy with our performances all round today,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Prinicpal, Glyn Hall from the bivouac at San Juan de Marcona. “Nasser and Mathieu were superb at the head of the field; and the other two crews delivered superb drives that have put us at the head of the overall standings.”

With that said, the race is far from over, and anything can still happen. MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel lost the best part of twenty minutes stuck in the dunes today, which will certainly put the multiple former winner on the back foot for the next few stages.

Up next is a stage of 331 km in the dunes of Acari, with a total liaison of 460 km. The bivouac at San Juan de Marcona will move southwards to Arequipa for Stage 4. The race will conclude with Stage 10, bringing the crews back to the Peruvian Capital of Lima on January 17th.

STAGE 2 RESULTS:

Loeb / Elena (Peugeot)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +00:08
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +01:20
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +01:31
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +02:33
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +03:14
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +03:24
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +04:40
Fuchs / Mussano (Prototype) +05:01
Vasilyev / Zhiltsov (TOYOTA) +05:36
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +07:37
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 2:

De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA)
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +00:28
Roma / Haro (MINI) +00:42
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +00:50
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +01:56
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +02:28
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +02:38
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +03:26
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +03:28
Vasilyev / Zhiltsov (TOYOTA) +03:43
ENDS

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Acknowledges Its Sponsors and Specialist Official Suppliers and Technical Partners

Toyota enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Eurol, Toyota Financial Services and the Innovation Group. Also Hallspeed, Imperial Toyota, SKF, Spanjaard, OMP, NGK, Donaldson, Mastercraft, Edgecam, 3M, Bandit Signs, Shatterprufe, Supreme Springs, Smith’s Manufacturing, TRD, Peritus Forex, First National Battery, SAA Cargo, STR8-LIGN, Duxbury Netgear, Lumotech and Plan-C Productions.

09 Jan
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL ATTIYAH /...
AREQUIPA, PERU

09 JANUARY 2019

2nd on Stage 3 for Al Attiyah / Baumel
7th on Stage 3 for Ten Brinke / Panseri
Al Attiyah / Baumel take over lead of Dakar 2019
Disappointment for De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz
AREQUIPA, PERU – The Dakar Rally is known for the twists and turns it dishes up every year, and Stage 3 of the 2019 event delivered its fair share. On the positive side, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel drove a near-perfect stage to post the second-fastest time on the day, and take over the overall lead of the rally.

Al Attiyah / Baumel finished the 331 km-long stage just 03:26 behind winners MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel and navigator David Castera, who completed the dune-laden test in 03:54:31. It was a stunning performance by the Qatari master, and clearly showed the power of the Toyota Hilux in the thick Peruvian sand.

“The stage today was extremely difficult,” said Al Attiyah after reaching the bivouac in the Peruvian town of Arequipa, some 460 km from the finish of the stage. “We crossed many big dunes, and in my experience, this was one of the toughest stages I’ve seen on the Dakar.”

The stage certainly proved to be a tough one for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz. The pair set good times early in the stage, but disaster stuck near the 172 km-mark when they hit a rock (hidden in loose sand). The impact destroyed the sump guard of the Toyota Hilux, and cracked the sump. As a result, they lost all oil pressure, and were forced to stop in order to save the engine.

“We knew that we’d had a big hit,” said De Villiers after finally making it to the bivouac in Arequipa. “So, we kept a close eye on all the systems, and it wasn’t long before we knew we were in trouble. We stopped and tried to affect our own repairs, but in the end, we had to wait for assistance.”

The result was a time loss of four-and-a-half hours, which was bitterly disappointing given the strong start De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz had had during the opening stages. De Villiers Von Zitzewitz wasn’t the only crew to lose time today. Yesterday’s stage winner, Sebastien Loeb and navigator Daniel Elena (Peugeot) were the first car into the stage, and managed only the 11th-fastest time on the day. Last year’s winners, Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (MINI) lost even more time after damaging the front wheel of their car.

“For now, all we can do is to keep racing,” said De Villiers. “Yes, we’ve lost a ton of time, but the Dakar is never over until it’s over. We’ll keep pushing and supporting our teammates.”

This includes Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Xavier Panseri, who took to the stage as the third car on the road. Running so close to the front made navigation tricky, costing the Dutchman and his French navigator some time as they got stuck in the same ditch that cost Sainz three hours. Despite this, they had a clean run and set the 7th-fastest time on Stage 3. This represents a time loss of 31:45 to Peterhansel, but at the same time puts them in 7th in the overall standings, just 25:21 off the lead.

“It was a day of mixed results for us,” said Glyn Hall, the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, after the stage. “Of course, we are extremely disappointed with the time that Giniel and Dirk lost, but we are also very pleased with Nasser and Mathieu’s performance. Bernhard and Xavier did a great job today, and are well-placed for tomorrow’s marathon stage.”

The marathon stage is one of the Dakar Rally’s biggest challenges, as crews have to complete the stage – and return via the next stage – without any support from their technical crews. This means that all spares and equipment needed to repair and service the cars need to be taken along on the first part of the Marathon, and only the driver and navigator are allowed to work on their car.

“I usually get grey hair during the marathon stages,” continued Hall. “And I’m sure this year will be no exception. Our Toyota Hilux has a great reputation for reliability, but you can never be certain that all will go well.”

This year’s marathon stages are Stages 4 and 5, which will see the crews race off to the southern Peruvian town of Tacna on Thursday, January 10th, before returning to Arequipa the following day – for a well-deserved day off.

Stage 4 is 351 km in length, and will again comprise mainly sand and dunes, with some rocky river beds in between. Stage 5 will bring the crews back via a 450 km-long stage, and is sure to play a pivotal role in the outcome of the race.

The bivouac at San Juan de Marcona will move southwards to Arequipa for Stage 4. The race will conclude with Stage 10, bringing the crews back to the Peruvian Capital of Lima on January 17th.

STAGE 3 RESULTS:

Peterhansel / Castera
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +03:26
Przygkonski / Colsoul (MINI) +11:47
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +12:50
Roma / Haro (MINI) +18:12
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +28:04
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +31:45
Domzala / Martin (TOYOTA) +33:16
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +34:39
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +39:24
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 3:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +06:48
Peterhansel / Cottret +07:03
Roma / Haro (MINI) +12:02
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +13:45
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +24:40
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +25:21
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +37:59
Domzala / Marton (TOYOTA) +42:56
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +49:20

10 Jan
AL ATTIYAH / BAUMEL EXTEND LEAD IN PERU,...
TACNA, PERU

10 JANUARY 2019

1st on stage 4 for Al Attiyah / Baumel
Al Attiyah / Baumel extend their lead to nearly nine minutes
Trouble for Ten Brinke / Panseri
More time lost by De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz, assisting Ten Brinke
TACNA, PERU – The Marathon Stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, Stage 4, brought mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. At the head of the field, race leaders Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and French navigator Mathieu Baumel extended their lead to 08:55 by winning the 405 km-long stage. But there was heartache for Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Xavier Panseri, after they lost 02:56:02 on the day.

For Al Attiyah / Baumel, the day could hardly have gone better. The pair started as the second car on the road, behind the winner of Stage 3, Stephane Peterhansel (MINI). The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew pushed throughout the stage, steadily increasing their lead to finish 01:52 clear of the MINI crew. This means that Al Attiyah / Baumel is now nearly nine minutes clear of Peterhansel at the head of the field.

“We had a perfectly clean run today,” said the Toyota Hilux driver after exiting the stage. “The car ran like clockwork, we have no damage and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s stage, which will take us back to the service crews in Arequipa.”

Stage 4 was the first part of the marathon section of this year’s Dakar Rally, which means that the crews have no technical support at the bivouac in Tacna. Any repairs have to be done by the crews themselves, using only tools and equipment they carried with them in the car. For Al Attiyah / Baumel, their clean run on Stage 4 meant an easy evening in Tacna, before preparing for the return leg back to Arequipa for Stage 5.

It wasn’t plain sailing for the entire team, however, as Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and French navigator Xavier Panseri lost a mass of time near the start of the stage. The pair struck a rock in thick dust, severely damaging the left rear wheel of their car. They stopped to make running repairs, and eventually got going again, but they lost nearly three hours in the process.

Teammates Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz, who started the day as the 25th car on the road, stopped to assist the stricken #309, but after working for more than an hour to remove the damaged parts, they left Ten Brinke / Panseri to complete the repairs, and continued with the stage. They posted competitive times for the rest of the special, but lost more time in the overall standings due to their stop.

Stage 5 will see the crews return to the bivouac at Arequipa on a near-reciprocal route, before taking a much-deserved break on January 12th. After the rest day, the race heads back towards the Peruvian capital of Lima, where the 41st Dakar Rally comes to a close on January 17th.

STAGE 4 RESULTS:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA HILUX)
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +01:52
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +08:32
Roma / Haro (MINI) +08:49
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +12:23
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +18:11
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +24:44
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +25:51
Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +32:33
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +37:58
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 4:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA HILUX)
Peterhansel / Cottret +08:55
Roma / Haro (MINI) +20:51
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +22:17
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +24:59
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +50:22
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +50:31
Domzala / Marton (TOYOTA) +01:28:37
Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +01:36:52
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +01:37:37

11 Jan
MORE TIME GAINED BY AL ATTIYAH / BAUMEL...
AREQUIPA, PERU

11 JANUARY 2019

2nd on Stage 5 for Al Attiyah / Baumel
Al Attiyah / Baumel extend their lead by sixteen minutes
Solid performances by both De Villiers and Ten Brinke
AREQUIPA, PERU – Stage 5 of Dakar 2019 saw the crews return from the marathon bivouac at the town of Tacna, where they had to service and repair their own cars, to the bivouac in Arequipa. The massive stage saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel post the second-fastest time on the day, extending their lead in the overall standings by the best part of 16 minutes.

The Qatari superstar and his French navigator started the stage alongside yesterday’s stage winner, Stephane Peterhansel (MINI). It was a classic drag race on the beach, that initially saw the two-wheel-drive buggy set the pace. But that was only the beginning of a 450 km-long battle during which the Toyota Hilux were crew bested only by the Peugeot of Sebastien Loeb. The French rally legend set the pace throughout the difficult stage, but it was Al Attiyah / Baumel who came away with the biggest smiles as they entrenched themselves at the head of the field.

“We had a very good marathon stage yesterday,” said Al Attiyah after reaching the bivouac at Arequipa. “The car was in perfect condition despite the long stage, but we decided to moderate our pace somewhat today. Even so, we are happy to have gone second-fastest on the day – and even happier to be leading the Dakar at the halfway mark.”

Stage 5 also saw a consolidation for the remaining Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crews, as both Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz and Bernhard ten Brinke / Xavier Panseri posted Top 10 times throughout the stage. This puts both crews in strong positions to support Al Attiyah / Baumel for Stage 6, as well as the remainder of the rally.

“I think we went past 62 cars today,” said Ten Brinke after arriving in Arequipa. “It was difficult, but also very satisfying to be making up ground.”

De Villiers shared Ten Brinke’s sentiment: “We overtook a lot of competitors today, which was needed in order to allow us to do our jobs now, which is to support Nasser and Mathieu in their quest to win the Dakar for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA.”

Next up is the rest day, which marks the midpoint of the rally. All the race crews will be taking a break on January 12th, giving the technical crews the opportunity to prepare the cars for the final five stages of the race.

“It is a rest day only in name,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall, from the bivouac at Arequipa. “The race crews may be taking it easy, but the rest of the lads will be hard at work, getting everything ready for the final assault.”

That assault starts with Stage 6 - a 290 km test, followed by a long liaison, which will take the crews back to San Juan de Marcona. The bivouac there will stay in place for two days, before the route snakes its way to Pisco and onwards to Lima, where the race finishes on January 17th.

STAGE 5 RESULTS:

Loeb / Elena (Peugeot)
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +10:22
Roma / Haro (MINI) +24:04
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +26:09
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +26:17
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +32:38
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +32:40
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +36:28
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +37:55
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +42:31
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 5:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Peterhansel / Cottret +24:42
Roma / Haro (MINI) +34:33
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +38:12
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +40:00
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +01:12:47
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +01:59:55
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +02:13:57
Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +02:18:20
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +02:44:41

12 Jan
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN CONTROL AT...
AREQUIPA, PERU

12 JANUARY 2019

“To be in the lead of the Dakar is special. But to be at the head of the field with five stages to go, however, is a cruel mix between elation and terror.”

Glyn Hall, Team Principal: Toyota Gazoo Racing SA

AREQUIPA, PERU – Dakar 2019 has reached its midpoint, with the rest day at Arequipa coming after the first five racing stages. The event has proven to be extremely difficult thus far, and the expectation is for the conditions to be equally trying – if not more so – on the journey back to the Peruvian capital of Lima.

As things stand, the team is leading the charge for the title, with two-time winner Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel topping the standings. The Qatari star and his French co-pilot have a buffer of nearly 25 minutes over “Mr. Dakar”, Stephane Peterhansel (MINI). But the race has also brought some upsets for the team.

“There was massive disappointment for Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz on Stage 3 of the rally, when they hit a rock and lost all the oil in the engine,” explains Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall. “They were in the lead of the rally at the time, but lost hours on the day, and find themselves out of the fight for overall honours.”

This left Al Attiyah/Baumel and Dutch star Bernhard ten Brinke, partnered with French navigator Xavier Panseri, still in contention. But a disastrous fourth stage saw Ten Brinke/Panseri tumble down the order after a broken wishbone cost the pair hours on the day.

“Bernhard and Xavier were looking strong, but an impact with a rock early in Stage 4 cost them dearly. Giniel and Dirk stopped to help them, and lost another hour as a result. But in the end, they assisted their teammates with the repairs on the stricken car, before setting off to restrict their own time loss to just over one hour,” says Hall. “For Bernhard and Xavier, however, Stage 4 spelled the end of their charge.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA started Dakar 2019 with a bang. Al Attiya/Baumel won the short opening stage, putting them first on the road for Stage 2. This opened the door for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz to capitalise on their good road position, and the pair made the most of the opportunity. Although they only set up the fourth quickest time in Stage 2, they took over the lead of the rally.

Stage 3 brought heartache for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz, but also saw Al Attiyah/Baumel take over the lead of the rally – which meant that Toyota Gazoo Racing SA had lead every day of Dakar 2019 until the rest day. At the same time, Ten Brinke/Panseri consolidated their position, and looked to be in a great position to support their teammates.

The disaster that struck on Stage 4 left Al Attiyah and Baumel unsupported in the lead of the rally. A big push from both De Villiers and Ten Brinke in Stage 5, however, saw the two crews move into the Top 10 starting positions for Stage 6 – ideal positions to support Al Attiyah and Baumel during the second week of the rally.

A lot had to happen on the rest day before the start of Stage 6, however, with the service crews preparing all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux race cars for the final week. This includes a fill strip-down and examination of all critical parts; before re-assembling the cars.

“It is a mammoth task to make sure everything is ready for the final week,” concludes Hall. “But we’ve done this many times in the past, and the lads know exactly how important the work is. I’m confident that we’ll be in good shape for the second week of Dakar 2019.”

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 5:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Peterhansel / Cottret +24:42
Roma / Haro (MINI) +34:33
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +38:12
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +40:00
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +01:12:47
Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +01:59:55
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +02:13:57
Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +02:18:20
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +02:44:41

13 Jan
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA’S AL...
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU

13 JANUARY 2019

2nd on Stage 6 for Al Attiyah/Baumel
8th on Stage 6 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz
9th on Stage 6 for Ten Brinke/Panseri
Al Attiyah/Baumel now 00:37:43 clear of field
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Racing resumed on the Dakar Rally with Stage 6, which took place on Sunday, January 13th, and saw crews return to the bivouac at San Juan de Marcona via a 309 km stage and more than 500 km of liaison. The stage went according to plan for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and French navigator Mathieu Baumel, who extended their lead to nearly 38 minutes by finishing second on the stage, 02:17 behind Peugeot driver Sebastien Loeb.

“Today’s stage was extremely difficult, with some massive dunes and tricky navigation,” said Al Attiyah after arriving at the bivouac in San Juan de Marcona. “We led for most of the stage, but then made a small mistake near the end, which allowed Sebastien (Loeb) to take the stage win.”

Al Attiyah reported a clean run in terms of the Toyota Hilux, which powered through the tricky terrain without missing a beat. His standing after the long stage puts him 37:43 clear of Loeb, who has moved into the second position after MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel lost 18 minutes on the stage, relegating the MINI driver to third on the table.

It was also a solid stage for Giniel de Villiers, partnered with Dirk von Zitzewitz, who set the 8th-fastest time on the day. The Toyota Hilux crew were running in fourth position for most of the stage, but lost time due to tricky navigation near the end of the test.

The same can be said for teammates Bernhard ten Brinke and Xavier Panseri, who spent most of the stage in third position. They, too, lost some time near the end of the stage, going ninth-fastest and moving into 9th position in the overall standings. De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz also broke back into the Top 20, pegging 18th  position thanks to their solid performance on Stage 6.

In the meantime, Toyota Hilux driver Aron Domzala (Poland) proved just how tough the car is. The young driver crashed out of the Dakar Rally on Stage 5, when his car fell down a steep incline – so steep that the only way to recover the vehicle was by helicopter. Once the Toyota was back on the ground, the assistance crew simply fired it up and drove it to the bivouac – testimony to the undeniable toughness of the Hilux.

That same toughness and reliability will be tested on Stage 7 of Dakar 2019, which has been widely touted as the toughest of the event.

“I’m not sure that it can be much tougher than Stage 6 in terms of the terrain,” explained Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall from the bivouac at San Juan de Marcona. “But the crews will be covering terrain that was used in previous stages, so there will be many confusing tracks, which could make navigation a challenge.”

Stage 7 is a looped stage of 323 km, starting and finishing at the bivouac in San Juan de Marcona. Three more stages will follow, before the event draws to a close on January 17th in the Peruvian Capital of Lima.

STAGE 6 RESULTS:

Loeb / Elena (Peugeot)
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +02:17
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +06:56
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +13:05
Roma / Haro (MINI) +13:08
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +18:49
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +19:22
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +23:29
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +27:29
Henrard / Du Bois (Henrard) +01:00:34
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 6:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +37:43
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +41:14
Roma / Haro (MINI) +45:24
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +01:19:09
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:03:10
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +02:31:02
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +04:01:19
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +04:18:44
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +05:06:50
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +05:18:01
18. De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +06:48:00

14 Jan
AL ATTIYAH/BAUMEL REMAIN IN CONTROL AT...
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU

14 JANUARY 2019

4th on Stage 7 for Al Attiyah/Baumel
6th on Stage 7 for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz
9th on Stage 7 for Ten Brinke/Panseri
30 minute lead for Al Attiyah/Baumel
SAN JUAN DE MARCONA, PERU – Stage 7 of the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally, promised to be the harshest of the 2019 edition – and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Dakar truly bared its teeth with a 323 km-long test that saw MINI’s Stephane Peterhansel (France) close the gap to Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel by 11:58.

Despite the Frenchman’s victory on Stage 7, Al Attiya/Baumel still lead the rally in the overall standings, and have a buffer of 29:16 over Peterhansel. Nani Roma (Spain), in another MINI, is in third, 37:59 behind the Toyota Hilux crews. Sebastien Loeb, who had been on a charge over the last three stages, lost significant time due to electric problems in his Peugeot today, dropping down to fourth place in the standings as a result.

“It was a really difficult one today,” said Al Attiyah after completing Stage 7. “We started the day as the second car on the road, but then Sebastien (Loeb) lost time early on, and we had to open the road for most of the stage.”

This allowed the MINI brigade to catch up with the Toyota Hilux mid-way through the stage, and Al Attiyah planned to follow them through the dune section in order to help with his own navigation.

“But then the wind came up and made it almost impossible to see in the fesh-fesh, so we lost more time towards the end of the stage,” concluded the Qatari star. “Even so, we are pleased to still be leading the rally, and I’d rather go into the last three stages 30 minutes ahead than 30 minutes behind.”

Stage 7 was also a good one for Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz. The 2009 winners posted the 6th-fastest time on the day, despite losing time due to the poor visibility in the soft dunes. They are now in the perfect position to support Al Attiyah/Baumel, who went fourth-fastest on Stage 7.

“Our starting position for tomorrow puts us two cars behind Nasser – just 6 minutes in real time. So, if Nasser runs into any difficulties, which we really hope he doesn’t, we’ll be on site very quickly to support our teammate,” said De Villiers from the bivouac at San Juan de Marcona. “With that said, tomorrow’s starting order is a slightly confusing affair, but even so we won’t be far behind Nasser and Mathieu on the stage.”

Stage 8 will see a mixed start, with the Top 10 motorcycles, Top 10 cars and Top 5 trucks all going off in order of the times they set during Stage 7. This means that stage winner, Stephane Peterhansel, will have a number of motorcycles going off before and after him.

“On the one hand this can aid Stephane, because the bikes are sure to be quick in the dunes, and they’ll lay tracks that could help the MINI drive,” explained Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall. “But at the same time, Stephane will know that he has to push if he wants any chance of catching Nasser, and with the dust from the bikes obscuring his view, his prospects could become rather mixed.”

Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and French navigator, Xavier Panseri, also put in a strong performance on Stage 7 of Dakar 2019. The pair initially started strong, but lost time after getting stuck in a ditch that wasn’t clearly defined in the roadbook. They used the hydraulic jacks in their Toyota Hilux to lift the car, but because of the shape of the ditch, they had to place some of the spare tyres underneath the jack to increase the height.

“It was a bit of a mini adventure,” said Ten Brinke after completing the stage. “But unfortunately, it cost us five or six minutes, on a day that we were posting top five times throughout the stage.”

In the end the Toyota Hilux crew posted the 9th-fastest time on the day, 25:45 adrift of stage winner Peterhansel.

“Their overall time isn’t really influenced by the time today – they are still running in 9th place in the standings,” said Hall. “The important thing is that they are within striking distance to help Nasser and Mathieu if need be, and having them start in 9th tomorrow can only be beneficial to the team.”

Stage 8 will see the crews return to the area around Pisco, on the Pacific coast, via a special stage of 360 km and a liaison of 215 km. As with every stage so far, there will be dunes and sand, with some dry rio beds in between.

“Today we saw Nasser make 1,590 gear changes during his 04:11:58 of racing. To put things in perspective, our total race time so far is 25:13:30 – not far off the total time for Dakar 2017,” concluded Hall. “So, Dakar 2019 is clearly no walk in the park. This is a real tough race, with hair on its chest. And at the moment, we’re in the lead.”

Dakar 2019 has three more stages to go, and will visit the Peruvian town of Pisco for two days before heading northwards to Lima, where the race draws to a close on January 17th.

STAGE 7 RESULTS:

Peterhansel / Castera (MINI)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +04:33
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +09:28
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +11:58
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +12:50
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +16:31
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +20:50
Han / Liao (Buggy) +25:16
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +25:45
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +26:29
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 7:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +29:16
Roma / Haro (MINI) +37:59
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +54:12
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +01:20:01
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:12:02
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +02:34:58
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +03:39:33
Ten Brinke / Panseri (TOYOTA) +04:32:31
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +05:15:31
13. De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +06:52:33

15 Jan
A STEADY STAGE FOR AL ATTIYAH;...
PISCO, PERU

15 JANUARY 2019

2nd on Stage 8 for Al Attiyah / Baumel
Al Attiyah / Baumel further extend overall lead
4th on Stage 8 for De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz
Retirement for Ten Brinke / Panseri
PISCO, PERU – It was a nail-biting affair when the crews tackled Stage 8 of the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 360 km-long test that saw the rally leave behind the fabled lines of Nazca and return to the coastal town of Pisco. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and navigator Mathieu Baumel (France), the stage was another big hurdle to clear, in their quest to win the race for Toyota in their South African-built Hilux.

Al Attiyah, a former two-time winner of the Dakar, set about the stage with surgical precision. They started the day as the fourth car on the road, even though the stage kicked off with a mixed bag of cars, trucks and motorcycles. This put the Toyota Hilux crew in a strong road position, and allowed the Qatari to push on through some of the toughest dunes experienced on this year’s race.

“We are really happy with our performance today,” said Al Attiyah after bringing the Toyota Hilux home to the bivouac at Pisco. “It was tough out there, but the car was absolutely perfect, and we didn’t make any serious mistakes. The team did an amazing job to prepare the car for us, and we hope to repay them by bringing home the big trophy.”

Their solid drive saw Al Attiyah / Baumel net the second-fastest time on the day, just 07:27 behind the hard-charging Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot), who had fallen behind in the overall standings, but showed his class by conquering Stage 8. Third on the stage was MINI’s Jakub Przygonski, who finished eight minutes behind Al Attiyah.

The pressure on Al Attiyah / Baumel eased slightly when “Mr. Dakar”, Stephane Peterhansel, lost 24 minutes on Stage 5 after getting stuck in big dunes mid-way through the stage. This allowed the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew to extend their lead at the top of the standings to 46:29 over MINI’s Nani Roma.

At the same time, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz showed their class by posting the 4th-fastest time on Stage 8, just 15 minutes behind Loeb and eight minutes behind teammates Al Attiyah / Baumel.

“We had a really good, clean stage today,” said De Villiers from Pisco. “As always on the Dakar there were some small issues, but overall, we are really pleased with today’s performance. I must say that I think today was the toughest stage so far on Dakar 2019, even after yesterday’s monster stage. But our performance today

puts us in an ideal road position to support Nasser to the finish – though we really hope he doesn’t need us.”

From the highs to the lows, as Dutch star Bernhard ten Brinke and French navigator Xavier Panseri suffered a terminal gearbox failure near the end of the first section of Stage 8. The pair posted the 5th-fastest time at the second waypoint of the day, but then they lost significant time before the end of the section, ultimately being forced into retirement.

“The second part of the stage saw them maintaining position through most of the stage, but then things went wrong after the final waypoint of the day,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall. “The pair ran into difficulties in the deep dunes near the end of the stage. They suffered transmission failure, and the T4 support truck was unable to fix the problem out on the stage.”

And so on to the penultimate stage of Dakar 2019, which is a looped section of 313 km, which will see the competitors start and finish near the bivouac at Pisco. The total liaison for the day is only 89 km, so all attention will be on the action amongst the Peruvian dunes, which may ultimately decide the winner for 2019.

“Nasser and Mathieu are in an ideal position for tomorrow, having finished second on Stage 8,” said Hall. “So, they won’t have to open the road. In the end, all they have to do at this point is to protect their lead, and barring something entirely disastrous, we have every expectation that they’ll remain in the lead of the Dakar tomorrow.”

Only one more stage remains after Stage 9, and will see the Dakar return to the Peruvian capital of Lima via a 112 km-long special stage. Proceedings will conclude with a ceremonial finish podium on January 17th, before the cars and crews of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA return to South Africa.

STAGE 8 RESULTS:

Loeb / Elena
Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA) +07:27
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +15:15
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +15:55
Roma / Haro (MINI) +15:57
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +22:51
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +28:36
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +31:41
Lachaume / Polato (Peugeot) +36:22
Chabot / Pillot (TOYOTA) +41:16
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 8:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +46:29
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +46:45
Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) +53:30
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +02:15:27
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:19:50
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +02:56:07
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +03:54:57
Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +06:42:15
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +07:01:01

16 Jan
CONSOLIDATION FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA...
PISCO, PERU

16 JANUARY 2019

1st on Stage 9 for Al Attiyah / Baumel
3rd on Stage 9 for De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz
Al Attiyah / Baumel’s lead grows to 51:27
PISCO, PERU – Stage 9 of Dakar 2019 will long be remembered as a turning point in the race. If not for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, then certainly for the crews trying to catch Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. The Toyota Hilux crew started the stage as the outright leaders, and aimed to play it safe in order to ensure victory on January 17th.

But then the Dakar Rally threw a curveball that decimated the chasing pack – “Mr Dakar”, Stéphane Peterhansel was forced to retire after his navigator, David Castera, injured his back when their MINI suffered a hard landing after a jump; Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot), who had been on a charge over the past three stages, lost a mass of time after getting stuck early in the stage. He lost more time working on his car, but managed to complete the stage just over an hour behind Al Attiyah. This moves him down to third in the overall standings, leaving MINI’s Nani Roma clear in second place.

At the same time, MINI driver Cyril Despres and navigator Jean-Paul Cottret rolled their car in the dunes, again shuffling the middle order. To make matters even more interesting, 2018 champion Carlos Sainz (MINI) didn’t start the stage after his car suffered transmission failure.

“In the end the stage played right into our hands,” said an elated Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall, after the two Toyota Hilux crews made it safely to the bivouac at Pisco. “But Nasser and Giniel stuck to our own game plan, and delivered exactly what we needed – two cars home with no problems, a healthy lead and just one stage to go.”

Al Attiyah and Baumel set about the task of completing the 313 km-long stage early on the morning of January 16th. Stage 9 started with the cars going off in groups of four, and Al Attiyah was paired with Loeb, Roma and teammate Giniel de Villiers. The Qatari driver didn’t allow himself to be baited, despite starting alongside two of his closest challengers, and drove the stage at his own, measured pace.

Even so, the Toyota Hilux crew set the fastest time on the day, beating Roma to the finish by nearly five minutes. De Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz finished the stage in third place, 02:17 behind Roma.

“We had a really good, clean stage today,” said Al Attiyah after reaching the bivouac at Pisco. “It was a great comfort to me to know that Giniel and Dirk were following us closely. As we saw today, anything can happen on the Dakar.”

This brings Al Attiyah/Baumel’s Stage Win tally for Dakar 2019 to three, and sees the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew head to the final stage with an advantage of 51:27 over MINI’s Nani Roma and Alex Haro. Loeb / Elena now find themselves relegated to third, more than two hours behind Al Attiyah.

“It is difficult to focus on anything beyond Nasser and Mathieu leading the rally with one stage to go,” said Hall. “But the reality is that we now have four of our South African-built Toyota Hilux race cars in the Top 10, including Giniel who is up to 8th.”

The other two Toyota Hilux crews are Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot (#319) in ninth; and Benediktas Vanagas and Sebastian Rozwadowski (#330) in tenth.

With Stage 9 done and dusted, all that remains of Dakar 2019 is a relatively short stage of 112km, which will start and finish at the bivouac in Pisco. The stage will be run in reverse order, with the last of the crews going off first, before the leaders take to the sands for the final time. Once the stage is complete, the crews will drive the last liaison of the event back to the Peruvian capital of Lima, where the cars will enter parc ferme until the podium ceremony later in the evening.

“But don’t let the short stage fool you,” cautioned Hall. “We saw today how fickle the Dakar can be – so we’ll be holding our breath until the Hilux is safely out of the stage. With that said, we’re doing everything we can to make sure both Nasser and Giniel’s cars are well-prepared for the final stage. Beyond that, all we can do is hope that the crews come through without any major problems.”

STAGE 9 RESULTS:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +04:58
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +07:15
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +14:01
Vanagas / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +15:45
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +32:59
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +33:25
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +39:46
Van Loon / Scholtalbers (TOYOTA) +45:56
Krotov / Tsyro (MINI) +46:42
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 9:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +51:27
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +02:02:37
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:33:51
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +02:55:13
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +03:29:06
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +04:28:22
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +07:08:16
Chabot / Pillot (TOYOTA) +08:11:46
Vanagaz / Rozwadowski (TOYOTA) +08:15:26

17 Jan
VICTORY!
PISCO, PERU

17 JANUARY 2019

PISCO, PERU – The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received the best birthday present ever, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Dakar Rally.

As Hall has said before: “Winning the Dakar is never easy – there are a lot of people trying. This year’s race was no exception, and brought a rollercoaster of emotions and results for the team.”

The first serious blow came when De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz tumbled down the order and out of contention on Stage 3, after hitting a rock in thick dust. This relegated the 2009 winners to a supporting role; while a similar fate befell Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and his French navigator, Xavier Panseri just one day later.

“In a sense it was very comforting to have two water carriers supporting Nasser,” said Hall after the race. “But even so, I’d have preferred to have had them challenging for overall positions rather than stage wins.”

Sadly, Ten Brinke / Panseri’s race came to a premature end on Stage 8, when they suffered transmission failure in some of the biggest dunes on this year’s race. This meant that De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz became the sole supporting crew for Al Attiyah / Baumel.

“Obviously we came here to try to win the race,” said De Villiers, who recorded a ninth place in the end. “But once that dream ended, we were happy to support Nasser and Mathieu’s effort. If we couldn’t win it ourselves, the next best thing was for one of our teammates to take the victory, and I am overjoyed at the final result.”

De Villiers, who had only finished outside the Top 10 once in the 15 previous Dakar Rallies he had raced in, clawed his way back up the leaderboard, and found himself in eighth place with just the final stage to go.

“But the organisers ran the final stage in reverse order, and the team decided that Dirk and I needed to wait for Nasser and Mathieu. So, we started the stage, but then pulled over and waited in the dunes,” explained De Villiers. “Luckily our crew had packed two deck chairs for us, so we could watch a bit of racing in comfort.”

The pair waited out the 55 minutes before their teammates launched into the stage, and then followed in close formation. Sadly, this cost De Villiers / Von Zitzewit a place in the overall standings, and they had to settle for ninth in the end. Even so, De Villiers’ Top 10 record remains intact.

For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, the win in Peru comes as the cherry on top of an amazing Dakar record. “This is the one spot we needed,” said an elated Hall after the dust had settled over the 41st edition of the Dakar. “And it feels amazing to finally win.”

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA DAKAR RECORD:

(Best finishes)

2012 3rd (G. de Villiers)

2013 2nd (G. de Villiers)

2014 4th (G. de Villiers)

2015 2nd (G. de Villiers)

2016 3rd (G. de Villiers)

2017 5th (G. de Villiers)

2018 2nd (N. Al Attiyah)

2019 1st (N. Al Attiyah)

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 10:

Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA)
Roma / Haro (MINI) +46:42
Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +01:54:18
Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +02:28:31
Despres / Cottret (MINI) +02:48:43
Prokop / Tomanek (Ford) +03:19:02
Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +04:30:56
Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +07:57:58
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (TOYOTA) +07:59:16
Chabot / Pillot (TOYOTA) +08:09:58

04 Jan
Dakar 2020 Start Podium
Jeddah, KSA

Home to 3.5 million people, the second-largest city in the country is also its economic heart thanks to its commercial port on the Red Sea, which goes back to the 7th century. Just for once, the gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina will also be a launch pad for the drivers, riders and crews of the Dakar. King Fahd’s Fountain, which ejects water at a speed of 375 km/h, and Jeddah Tower, which will soon reach a height of 1,001 m, will inspire the competitors with grandiose ideas and a burning ambition.

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