N°304 Car TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

GINIEL DE VILLIERS

(zaf) 1.78m / 75kg

Hobbies

Golf, bike riding, kite surfing

Sponsors

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

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)

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

“Getting closer to the African Dakars”

Giniel De Villiers has finished the Dakar 16 straight times, but his last appearance was a major disappointment. The South African who has only finished outside the Top 10 once (in 2007), had to settle for ninth place last year in Peru. An unfortunate rock (and a broken wheel) dashed his hopes of victory on day three. The 47-year-old veteran is still a major part of the South Africa based Toyota Gazoo team. Preparation for his 17th Dakar consisted of participating in and winning the South African all-terrain Championship for the third consecutive year. His only run outside his national series was a confidence booster. He took the laurels in the Morocco Rally in October ahead of all the discipline’s front-runners. The big change for this cycling enthusiast, who fine-tunes his physical preparation on his Mountain Bike, is his new co-driver. After 11 Dakars with Dirk Von Zitzewitz, this time he will have Alex Haro by his side. The Spaniard finished second overall last year with Nani Roma. De Villiers’ objective is obviously the same: win again, more than 10 years after his only triumph.

G.D.V.:” I grew up on a farm and raced everything I could. It began when I was four with a pedal kart. My father loved motor racing and he passed on the bug to me. I started in circuit racing, notably in touring cars before switching to all-terrain. The last Dakar was a huge disappointment. We hit a rock and our hopes for victory were gone on day three. It happens. The same thing happened to Nasser Al Attiyah in Morocco. I have experienced a lot of highs and lows this year but the win in Morocco boosted my confidence tremendously. I feel good in the car. We have been able to make some improvements during our many tests. Everything is in place. I am getting used to my new co-driver (Alex Haro). He has spent quite a lot of time with me in South Africa. For sure, it is strange to have someone different next to me, but sometimes change is good. This Dakar in Saudi Arabia will be new for everyone, except for Yazeed Al Rajhi (Saudi). You could say that it is a small advantage. In any case, the navigation will be interesting. We are getting closer to the African Dakars. We will find ourselves in completely isolated placers. It has been more than ten years since we experienced that. Our objective is still victory. We must win!”

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 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 14 14 14
2 1 1 6
3 9 9 7
4 6 6 7
5 6 6 7
6 8 8 7
7 7 7 6
8 4 4 6
9 8 8 6
10 3 3 6
11 6 6 5
12 7 7 5

All news of G. De villiers

Reactions - 07/01 16:45 [GMT +3] - Auto

Giniel De Villiers: “Opening the road was difficult”

After a prominent performance yesterday, Giniel De Villiers lost ground today. The South African finished ninth on the third stage, sixteen minutes behind Carlos Sainz, and drops down to seventh place in the general standings.

“It was not easy. The stages are quite tricky and obviously opening the road was difficult this morning because you need to make sure that...

Newsflashes - 07/01 15:28 [GMT +3] - Auto

A tough day after for Terranova and De Villiers

Orlando Terranova and Giniel de Villiers were brilliant yesterday but had a much more difficult time today. The Argentinean has lost the lead in the general standings, finishing 12’52 behind the stage winner, whilst yesterday’s victor is even further behind, trailing by 16’21 at the finish. Out of the reckoning since the start of the rally, Nani Roma has lost...

Newsflashes - 07/01 12:47 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers on the ropes

Giniel de Villiers is struggling to keep with the pace after his victory on the second stage. The South African currently trails the stage leaders by almost 12 minutes. As for Vaidotas Zala, the winner of the first stage is 27 minutes behind!

Newsflashes - 07/01 09:25 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers starts the special

Giniel de Villiers has taken starter’s orders on the day’s special. The Toyota driver set off 3 minutes before the general standings leader Orlando Terranova.

Newsflashes - 06/01 13:58 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers pips everyone at the post

Giniel de Villiers has won his first stage victory on the Dakar in Saudi Arabia thanks to a faultless special, whereas most of his rivals struggled with the complicated navigation. The South African took advantage of a mistake by long time stage leader Yazeed Al-Rajhi in the last few kilometres to triumph, almost 4 minutes in front of Orlando Terranova.

Newsflashes - 05/01 15:22 [GMT +3] - Auto

De Villiers and Roma losing buckets of time

It's a bad day at the office for Giniel De Villiers and Nani Roma, with the two favourites losing 23 and 28 minutes, respectively. Hardly an ideal start to the rally...

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