Dakar hero Alonso now heading for Indy racing?

LONDON, England – Ex-Formula 1 pilot and more recently a driver for the successful South African Toyota Gazoo team in the 2020 ‘Dakar’, Fernando Alonso, is now available to drive for any team in the Indianapolis 500 after ending his relationship with McLaren. The team is reported as confirming that the double World F1 champion’s…

One stage left! Can Toyota’s Al-Attiyah haul back 10min?

2nd on Stage 11 for Al-Attiyah/Baumel 4th on Stage 11 for Ten Brinke/Colsoul 6th on Stage 11 for De Villiers/Haro Alonso/Coma fight back after roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – The second part of the tough Dakar Rally Marathon Stage saw crews race from the small overnight bivouac at Shubaytah back to the main camp near…

Alonso, Coma on a roll as Dakar marathon takes its toll

3rd on Stage 10 for De Villiers / Haro 6th on Stage 10 for Ten Brinke / Colsoul Al Attiyah / Baumel lose time to leaders Alonso / Coma roll HARADH, Saudi Arabia – Stage 10 of the 2020 Dakar Rally brought mixed results for the South African Toyota Gazoo team with Giniel de Villiers…

All SA Toyotas finish Dakar Stage 9 in top 10

2nd on Stage 9 for Al-Attiyah / Baumel 6th on Stage 9 for De Villiers / Haro 7th on Stage 9 for Ten Brinke / Colsoul Al Attiyah / Baumel close up to 24sec off lead HARADH, Saudi Arabia – Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel were second-fastest on Stage 9 of the 2020…

Rash of flats gives SA Toyota crews tough Dakar start

AL WAJH, Saudi Arabia – It was a tough opening stage at Dakar 2020 for Toyota Gazoo Racing thanks to 11 punctures suffered by the four Toyota Hilux crews. Defending crew Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel set the early pace but three punctures 100km from the end of the 319km special stage saw the Qatari…

SA’s Toyota crews lead off the racers for 2020 Dakar Rally

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – The Toyota Gazoo off-road racing team has been cleared to race in the 2020 Dakar Rally to be run for the first time in Saudi Arabia with the liaison The four Toyota Hilux race vehicles – along with all other competitors – were meticulously examined by technical scrutineers and team boss…

Ready? Set? Here’s where the 2020 Dakar Rally will go

Stage 1 – January 5 The 2020 Dakar will start in Jeddah, covering a total of 752km, with the competitors finishing the day in Al Wajh. Special stages, from which overall classifications are created, make up 319km of the opening day’s racing. Stage 2 – January 6 The racing continues on from Al Wajh to…

Alonso, Coma, warming up for 2020 for Dakar Rally

SAUDI ARABIA –  Fernando Alonso and off-road bike racer Marc Coma are making their final preparations for the 2020 Dakar Rally with Toyota Gazoo Racing and their entry in the current2019 Al Ula-Neom Cross-Country Rally  in Saudi Arabia is part of the testing. The Spanish duo’s latest rally entry comes just a week after a…

More dunes done: Toyota SA holds Morocco lead

ERFOUD, Morocco – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel blitzed Stage 2 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco to increase their overall lead in the event to 17min 09. Giniel de Villiers and Alex Haro, in an identical Toyota Hilux, moved up to second place in the overall standings on…

Race aces Alonso and Coma fast learning skills for Dakar

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Marc Coma, five-times Paris-Dakar Rally motorcycle winner and six-times FIM Cross-Country Rallies World champion, has teamed up with former F1 driver Fernando Alonso as his navigator with the Toyota Gazoo race team and is undergoing intensive off-rad training. Coma, now 42, is an experienced rally-raid campaigner. His first Paris-Dakar (2002) was when…

Hip-hip, Gazoo! SA-built Hilux takes all 10 stages of Silk Way

First on Stage 10 for Al Attiyah/Baumel Fourth victory in 2019 for Al Attiyah/Baumel First driver to win Dakar and Silk Way in same year JIAYUGUAN, CHINA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel brought their South African-built Toyota Hilux home in first place on Stage 10 of the 2019…

SA Toyota Hilux crew dominating Mongolia rally

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel have taken first place from Stage 4 of the 10-stage event in their SA-assembled Hilux bakkie – their fourth stage win – which put them 27 minutes ahead of the pack. The route was a loop of 470km, starting and finishing near…