N°207 Car TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

GINIEL DE VILLIERS

(zaf) 1.78m / 75kg

Hobbies

Golf, bike riding, kite surfing

Sponsors

Toyota Gazoo Racing, Eurol, Innovation Group, Kinto, Toyota Financial services

2021: 8th (Toyota Hilux, 1 stage win)
2020: 5th (Toyota Hilux, 1 stage win)
2019: 9th (Toyota Hilux, 1 stage win)
2018: 3rd (Toyota Hilux, 1 stage win)
2017: 5th (Toyota Hilux)
2016: 3rd (Toyota Hilux)
2015: 2nd (Toyota Hilux)
2014: 4th (Toyota Hilux), 1 stage win)
2013: 2nd (Toyota Hilux)
2012: 3rd (Toyota Hilux)
2011: 2nd (Volkswagen, 1 stage win)
2010: 7th (Volkswagen)
2009: winner (Volkswagen, 3 stage wins)
2007: 11th (Volkswagen, 4 stage wins)
2006: 2nd (Volkswagen, 1 stage win)
2005: 4th (2 stage wins, Nissan)
2004: 7th (1 stage win, Nissan)
2003: 5th (with Nissan)

2021: South African cross-country championship
2020: South African cross-country championship (2nd)
2019: Morocco Rally (1st), South African cross-country championship (1st)
2018: Qatar Rally (Ab.), Kalahari Botswana Toyota 1000 (1st), Morocco Rally (Ab.), South-African Offroad champion
2017: Dakar Series China Rally (18th), Kalahari Botswana Toyota 1000 (1st), South-African Offroad champion
2015 Morocco Rally (4th), Silk Way Rally, Morocco (twice), Transiberico, Dos Sertoes, Egypt, etc

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A thorn in the side no more for Giniel De Villiers

The clean sheet continues for Giniel De Villiers with 18 consecutive appearances on the Dakar without a single retirement, which puts him two Dakars behind the record-holder Yoshimasa Sugawara in a truck (1989-2009). Despite this flattering statistic, his latest appearances have been disappointing. The main reason was that the tyres were too weak for him to win again. The South African is nevertheless a driver of metronomic consistency: he has only finished once outside the Top 10 (in 2007), 13 times in the Top 5 and 7 times on the podium. Last time out in Saudi Arabia, he had to be content with 8th place, notably behind two other Toyota Hilux drivers, Nasser Al Attiyah and Jakub Przygonski. But for 2022, the situation seems to have changed considerably. The South African native, like all the Toyota drivers, will benefit from the new FIA regulations allowing him to have 37-inch tyres: "a considerable difference...". De Villiers has spent the entire year developing his new vehicle, taking advantage of the South African championship to put his Hilux through its paces. The results were more than positive and boosted the confidence of the soon to be 50-year-old driver who dreams of getting back to the joys of fighting for victory, thirteen years after his only triumph. The Dakar veteran has A new vehicle and a new co-driver. De Villiers won't be setting off in a completely new environment as he will share the cockpit with Dennis Murphy, his navigator for the past five years in the South African championship, who last year helped Shameer Variawa finish 21st on the Dakar.

Since his debut in 2003, Giniel de Villiers has been on the podium eight times, has achieved thirteen top 5 finishes and has only dropped out of the top 10 once (with 11th place in 2007). For the eleventh year, the South African will take starter’s orders behind the wheel of a Hilux, but he will finally be rid of a thorn in his side, namely the twenty punctures that spoiled his previous participation, which are likely to be old news thanks to the new size of tyres authorised for T1+ vehicles: “We did a lot of testing this year with the new car, really a lot of testing to get it to where it is now. It’s a big difference with the bigger wheels and more suspension. It is easier to drive in the sand. The car is heavier, which you do feel. But also, with the suspension, it’s just a lot safer, better for your body and for people’s backs – it’s just really nice to drive. I’ve done three races. Nasser came and did one of the races. I did a lot of the testing, for sure. Let’s hope it goes better this time. The last two years were really difficult with the tyre situation. I had twenty-four punctures last year and the year before it was almost twenty, so if you have that many it’s just impossible to fight. Let’s hope our fortunes change and we can get a good result this year”.

Giniel de Villiers - Scrutineerings - ENG
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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

TOYOTA GR DKR HILUX
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

  • TOYOTA
  • GR DKR HILUX
  • Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • 4×4 Petrol and Diesel

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Summary - 11/01 18:29 [GMT +3]

Dakar 2022 - Stage 9 | Cornejo and De Villiers put down a marker

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Giniel de Villiers: “Thanks to the mechanics for last night for their hard work”

Today witnessed the first stage win of the year for Giniel de Villers who had not yet even climbed onto a stage podium on this edition of the rally.

“It looks good. We had a nice clean stage today. I must say that the mechanics worked really, really hard last night because we had a problem with the dampers over the last two days or so. But they...

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With an 8th place finish today, a little more than 10’ behind Loeb and at the foot of the provisional podium in the overall classification, Giniel de Villiers already trails the duo of Al-Attiyah and Loeb by 40 minutes.

“Unfortunately, we had a big moment at the beginning, with the car jumping and landing on the wheel and we lost our left...

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Giniel De Villiers: "I'm still a bit rusty"

Giniel De Villiers was the tenth fastest driver in the qualifying stage, fifty seconds behind the winner, his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah. He acknowledged that the agitation of the last few days took its toll on his performance in the opener.

"I just wanted a clean stage. We almost hit a big rock on a turn, we had to be on the lookout...

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A thorn in the side no more for Giniel De Villiers

Since his debut in 2003, Giniel de Villiers has been on the podium eight times, has achieved thirteen top 5 finishes and has only dropped out of the top 10 once (with 11th place in 2007). For the eleventh year, the South African will take starter’s orders behind the wheel of a Hilux, but he will finally be rid of a thorn in his side, namely the twenty punctures that spoiled...

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