Dakar

N° 323 - IMPERIAL TOYOTA

HILUX TOYOTA

  • TOYOTA

Le véhicule   !

  • Motorisation : 8 Cylinder Toyota IUR-FSE 4,6L V8
  • Puissance : 300HP, 520NM
  • Assistance : Imperial Toyota
  • Poids : 1937.5
  • Préparateur : Imperial Toyota
  • LEEROY POULTER (ZAF)

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    LE PILOTE   !

    • Date de naissance : 06/03/1981 à JOHANNESBURG
    • Taille / poids : 1.74 m / 71 kg
    • Situation : Marié
    • Hobbies : squash, motorsports
    • Sponsors : Toyota, Imperial Toyota
    • Site web : http://dakar.toyota.co.za
  • ROBERT HOWIE (ZAF)

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    LE COPILOTE   !Facebook

    • Date de naissance : 07/12/1972 à JOHANNESBURG
    • Situation : Marié, 1 enfant
    • Hobbies : Scale model building, salt water fly-fishing, road motorcycles
    • Sponsors : Toyota, Imperial.
    • Site web : http://dakar.toyota.co.za/

“Not quite sure of the pace for the Dakar”

Leeroy Poulter is a bit of a motorsports wonder kid in South Africa. At age 6 he conquered his first motocross championship. At 16, after switching to karts, he again captured national glory. And that was just a start. Poulter soon made a name for himself in regular rallies on home soil while also competing in the European and World karting championships. With several off-road events under the belt, the next step up had to be the Dakar. Inspired by compatriot and 2009 Dakar winner Giniel De Villiers, the South African born in Johannesburg will be on the start line in a Toyota Hilux, the same car that Duncan Vos was driving last year. Alongside experienced co-driver Robert Howie, Leeroy knows that this first Dakar will be a learning experience before hoping for more glory in the years to come.

L.P.: “The Dakar was one of my dreams. After Giniel De Villiers' performances and seeing his results I thought about coming. I nearly came last year but things didn't go as planned. I was able to prepare thoroughly for this first experience with some testing in Namibia. Dirk Von Zitzewitz (De Villiers' co-driver) sat with me in the car and helped me to read the dunes. His experience is precious. The biggest thing for me is the dune. My goal for the first year is just to finish. I then hope for a Top 10 spot. I'm not quite sure of the pace I'll need to have during the Dakar. On regular rallies I drive full blast. Robert (Howie) might have to calm me down. He and I started racing together. We get on really well”

Réactions

  • étape 3

    Plus facile pour nous que pour les premiers...

    On a fait une bonne spéciale, mais qui était sans doute un peu plus facile pour nous que pour les premiers car la route était ouverte. Mais nous avons quand même un peu souffert du traffic en piste. Enfin tout va bien jusqu'à maintenant et nous sommes content, mais nous n'oublions pas que c'est notre 1er dakar et que nous sommes d'abord là pour apprendre...

Palmarès Dakar (depuis 1999)

2014: first appearance

Palmarès Autre Course

South African rally championships
Several National Karting titles
2008 European and World Karting Championships

Palmarès Dakar (depuis 1999)

2013: Ab. Stage 4
2012: 10th

Palmarès Autre Course

Off-road races in South Africa
 

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