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GINIEL DE VILLIERS

(zaf) 1.78m / 75kg

Hobbies

golf, bike riding, kite surfing

Sponsors

Specialized, Red Bull, Oakley, Toyota, Duxbury Netgear, Innovation Group

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)

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

Interview

“At least the podium to be satisfied”

While Giniel De Villiers has run his streak of Dakar finishes to 17, the past few editions have not met expectations. Nevertheless, the South African driver is a model of consistency, having only once finished outside the Top 10 (2017) with 13 Top 5s and seven podium results. In his first go in Saudi Arabia, he had to settle for fifth place, notably behind team-mates, Nasser Al Attiyah and Yazeed Al Rajhi. While the quarantine in South Africa forced him to take it easy during the first half of the year, he used the time to work on his conditioning, with "authorised" mountain bike outings in the national park near his home. Then the time came to get back behind the wheel of his Toyota Hilux in the South African championship where he finished runner-up to his new and promising team-mate Henk Lategan whom he will guide on the Dakar. The winner of the first South American Dakar in 2009, remains no less ambitious on an edition that he hopes will be more technical. He will once again team with Spaniard Alex Haro.

G.D.V.: I grew up on a farm and raced everything I could get my hands on. It began when I was 4 with a pedal kart. My father loved motor racing and he passed his passion on to me. I then got my real start in circuit racing, most notably in touring cars before moving onto off-road.
My 2020 was very calm during the quarantine but then it got extremely busy in August. I raced in five rounds of the South African championship and we did a tremendous amount of testing. My co-driver Alex Haro was able to join me for two races. The 2020 Dakar was my first with Alex and I had nothing to complain about. He is very professional and our teamwork can only get better but you know it takes time to get a good feeling and get used to one another. Previously, I spent ten years with Dirk Von Zitzewitz (now co-pilot of Al Rajhi).
I think that we were all surprised last year by how beautiful the scenery was. It was a very welcome surprise. When I compete in a Dakar, I aim for no less than the podium and finishing fifth was disappointing. We had big problems with the tyres with 14 punctures and then we lost time here and there. We put in some strong runs with a stage win but we could have done much better. To be satisfied in 2021, I need to be at least in the overall Top 3 but there are so many fast guys. As for the rally-route, I hope it will be more technical to emphasize driving skills. It shouldn't just be a matter of stomping on the gas.”

Vehicle

TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

  • Mark : TOYOTA
  • Model : HILUX
  • Performance tuner : Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Assistance : Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 18 18 18
1 8 8 8
2 37 37 23
3 27 27 24
4 15 15 22
5 1 1 12
6 8 8 9
7 22 22 8
8 19 19 9
9 3 3 9
10 6 6 8
11 6 6 8
12 10 10 8

All news of G. De villiers

Newsflashes - 08/01 13:49 [GMT +3] - Auto

More difficult for De Villiers today

After an imperial showing on Thursday, Giniel De Villiers has had the tough task of opening the way today. The South African has lost 13’41’’ to the current stage leader, meaning a second consecutive victory is looking very unlikely…

Reactions - 07/01 15:47 [GMT +3] - Auto

Giniel De Villiers: “Today everything seemed to click”

Today’s winner achieved his success thanks to his caution in tackling the navigation. As a result, he picked up the 16th stage victory of his career on the Dakar.

“I must say that since the beginning things have not really been going our way, but today everything seemed to click. Alex did a great job with the navigation today. We took it a little bit calmer...

Newsflashes - 07/01 15:15 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers wins the special!

Giniel De Villiers is among the most experienced drivers on the Dakar and was able to avoid the many pitfalls on stage five to reacquaint himself with victory. Behind the wheel of his Toyota, the South African took the lead at the first time check point and was never under threat. He completed this 456-km long special 58’’ ahead of his countryman Brian...

Newsflashes - 07/01 14:43 [GMT +3] - Auto

A South African duel for victory?

At 56 km from the finish, Brian Baragwanath has regained the upper hand over his countryman Giniel De Villiers. Stéphane Peterhansel is 5’25 behind the stage leader and twenty seconds ahead of Martin Prokop.

Newsflashes - 07/01 12:39 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers hammers home his advantage as Van Loon cracks

Giniel De Villiers poursuit is continuing to perform well as he maintains the lead, but now Martin Prokop has moved into second place, more than 7’ behind the South African. Erik Van Loon has lost more than 13’ and drops into ninth position. Nani Roma has climbed into third place ahead of Brian Baragwanath, who sprang the surprise of the day on the prologue...

Newsflashes - 07/01 12:04 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers still leads

Giniel De Villiers still has the lead after 197 km with an advantage of 4’45’’ over another Toyota driven by Erik Van Loon. X-Raid team Mini driver Orlando Terranova pointe is 6’53’’ behind the South African. Nani Roma has dropped two positions and now lies 30 seconds in front of Martin Prokop.

Newsflashes - 07/01 10:28 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers takes the lead

Giniel De Villiers is on top form over the first 43 kilometres. The South African, who is taking part in his 18th Dakar and has always displayed exemplary consistency, has moved to the top of the provisional stage classification, with a lead of 2’07’’ over Dutchman Erik Van Loon. Stéphane Peterhansel has lost almost five minutes while Nasser...

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