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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)
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.
2009: Silk Way Rally (2nd)
2008: Rally Dos Sertoes (1st), Pax Rally Portugal (4th)
2007: Baja 500 (11th), Rallye du Maroc (1st), Offroad World Cup (2nd overall)
2006: Rallye de Tunisie (2nd), Transiberico (1st), Rallye du Maroc (1st)
2003: Rallye du Maroc (1st)
2000: Champion Sud Africain de Tourisme
1999: Champion Sud Africain de Tourisme
1998: Champion Sud Africain de Tourisme
1997 : Champion Sud Africain de Tourisme
1994 : Champion d'Afrique du Sud cat. Production, Classe B
1993 : Champion National Groupe N classe D
It is very simple, in 15 Dakar participations; Giniel De Villiers has never retired. Even better, only once has he not finished in the Top 10 (in 2007). He has 14 stage victories and in 2009he won the first Dakar contested in South America. Edition 40 of the Dakar last year saw him return to the podium for the eighth time in his career, finishing third behind Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al Attiyah. As a vital member of the South African influenced Toyota Gazoo team, Giniel decided to take part in and then win the two final rounds of the South African all terrain championship, in addition to competing in the usual stops on the rally-raid circuit Qatar (ret) and Morocco (ret). The 46-year old driver and cycling enthusiast, also spent a lot of time on his mountain bike, taking part in stage races to build up his physical fitness. De Villiers will once again partner with Dirk Von Zitzewitz in the Toyota Hilux. The German co-driver will step aside from his Yamaha SxS buggy with which he finished 3rd in the Baja Portalegre, alongside Stéphane Peterhansel’s companion Andrea Mayer, and which he will once again drive in 2019 with the goal of winning the World Baja Cup. Meanwhile, the objective of this duo in the Dakar is clear: take another overall victory.
G.D.V:” I grew up on a farm and raced with whatever I could find. It began when I was four in a pedal kart. My dad loved motor racing and he passed it on to me. I then got my start in circuit racing, notably in touring cars before moving onto all-terrain. We cannot be satisfied with last year’s third place. We wanted to win. But against the Peugeot team, a real team, a “factory” team like what I experienced at Volkswagen, there wasn’t much I could do. The tyre problems have been sorted out, as have the suspension issues that we had in Morocco. Now all that remains is the pressure of a possible victory. We have a real chance to win. We are at the same level as the Minis, but the surprise return of Loeb in a Peugeot makes him the favourite. The fact of the entire rally taking place in Peru is good news because a lot of things could happen. Last year, during the five stages in Peru, there were changes in the order every day. I love it when it is difficult and not just “flat out”. I still have the passion, if I didn’t I would do something else. Being in the battle procures incredible sensations. I still have this hunger and desire to win.”
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Giniel De Villiers dutifully fulfilled his role as a water carrier for Nasser Al-Attiyah to finish stage 9 in third place, 7'15" behind the overall leader and winner of the next-to-last stage of the rally. The South African, now eighth overall, will again be at the Qatar's service tomorrow.
"Yeah, very happy for the team. A really great job for Nasser. In the first part...
Giniel de Villiers and Jakub Przygonski are battling with Nani Roma for the day’s second place. The two men are a little less than 6 minutes behind Al-Attiyah at WP6.
Giniel de Villiers has stopped to help Bernhard Ten Brinke repair his damaged Toyota. Both men are losing a lot of time!
Like Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers is having another bad day. The South African has been at a standstill after 63 kilometres of the special for almost 40 minutes!
After starting the stage in the overall lead, the 2009 champion saw his hopes of a second win 10 years later dashed upon a stone and now trails Nasser Al-Attiyah by 4 h 23.
"We were really unlucky. We were going really well. [I was] slightly in the dust of a quad, I was in the track in third gear and I jumped on the one jump and I landed into the next jump, but...
After even more setbacks and stops, Giniel De Villiers and Carlos Sainz finally appear to be on the right track to finish the special. Both drivers are moving at a normal speed and went through WP5 with the same time: 4 h 15 down.
Giniel De Villiers is at a standstill at km 172 and working hard to fix his Toyota. The overall leader's troubles have cost him 50 minutes and counting! Another dramatic twist in the car race after Carlos Sainz smashed his wheel!
Fourth on today’s stage, one minute and a half behind Sébastien Loeb after a fairly slick special, Giniel de Villiers has taken over the lead in the car category general standings.
“We had a good stage. We had a good start and we caught up after one hundred and twenty or one hundred and thirty kilometres with… well, at first I thought it was Yazeed,...
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