Dakar China: Tough satnav break for SA Toyota crew

10th on Stage 3 for De Villiers /Von Zitzewitz SA Toyota Dakar aces running third overall Second Toyota SA Hilux running sixth overall ALXA, Inner Mongolia – The 410km Stage 3 of the Dakar Series China Rally was a tough one for South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz in their Toyota…

Sainz takes new Dakar Peugeot 3008DKR to the Maxi

Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi set sights on Dakar Suspension to deliver more stability and performance Debut in July 2017 the Silk Way Rally PARIS, France – Peugeot Sport has revealed its successor to the Peugeot 3008DKR that conquered the 2017 Dakar Rally, just as it did the previous year. It’s the successor to the Peugeot 3008DKR,…

SA Toyotas head Doha Rally first stage

SA-built Toyota head Doha rally Two Hilux bakkies in first three Rough, obstacle-ridden first stage DOHA, Qatar – South Africa’s Leeroy Poulter, he of Dakar fame driving for Toyota, and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz finished third from the short (4.85km) opening stage of the 2017 Qatar Cross-Country Rally. They and their Hilux were only 9.7sec…

3 SA-built Hiluxes in 2017 Dakar top 10

Fight to the finish by SA crews Peugeot entries take 1,2,3 for race 13th Dakar win for Peterhansel BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Dakar 2017 has parked at last here in the Argentine capital after Stage 12 and after a rather disastrous event in which two race stages were cancelled, torrential rain flooded a bivouac…

Peugeot all set to sweep 2017 Dakar podium

Stage 11 over and Toyotas hold on Hall: ‘We expected a major assault’ Roma: ‘We’re happy with our position’ RÍO RIO CUARTO, Argentina – Stage 11 of the 2017 Dakar – the second-last – was another long, hot slog for all remaining competitors but nail-biting for the South African Toyota Hilux team of Giniel de…

SA Toyotas still in running with 2 days to go

Punctures slow De Villiers on Stage 10 Roma holds on to fifth through tough day Peterhansel, biker crash in riverbed maze SAN JUAN, Argentina – It was a long, hot and tough day for Toyota as the crews took on Stage 10 of the 2017 Dakar Rally race, from Chilecito to San Juan. The 449km…

More Dakar disaster: Landslide causes cancelled stage

Stage 9 cancelled – tough deal for SA team Landslide means no proper overnight service De Villiers hoping to catch leaders ABRA PAMPA, Argentina – The Argentine town of Abra Pampa isn’t much more than a spec on the map but at the end of Stage 8 of Dakar 2017 it served as a makeshift…

De Villiers back in race for 2017 Dakar

Gazoo storming back on Dakar? Rain behind them, racers thunder on De Villiers up from eighth to sixth UYUNI, Bolivia – Stage 7 of the 2017 Dakar Rally in South America raced on Monday should have been the usual marathon race after the rest day but Mother Nature laughed at that idea with pouring rain, destroyed…

Dakar Stage 7 – and ‘rest’ day

Rain, more rain – and then… it rained even more Which, of course, meant mud, mud, and more mud Which led to today’s Stage 7 stage being shortened LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – With the first half of Dakar 2017 done and it was time for the race crews to relax on the so-called ‘rest day’…

Roma takes torch for Toyota on Dakar Stage 5

Icy rain pain on shortened Dakar Day 5 Toyota’s ‘lead the way’ ads turn hollow Peugeot’s Loeb: ‘We had a very good day’   ORURO, Bolivia – A number of top names fell out of the 2017 Dakar Rally during the first week – a week that has now brought pouring rain that flooded the…

Dakar: Disaster day for SA Toyota team

Al-Attiyah hits a chassis-smashing hole Toyota SA team hits major time problem Caravan heading for the high plains SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY, Argentina – What started as an exciting battle on Stage 3 with former winners Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing SA) and Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot) battling on the 364km stage, ended in disappointment when…

Toyota SA still up front in Dakar

Peugeot’s Loeb moves in on SA Toyotas Tuesday’s race leader Al-Attiyah now second Today 2017 Dakar heads for the high stuff SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina – Stage 2 of Dakar 2017 on January 3 saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA bank another good performance with Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel (#301) second-fastest of the…