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Dakar 2021 : Opening of the registrations on June, 15th !
N°309 Car OVERDRIVE TOYOTA

YAZEED AL RAJHI

(sau)

Hobbies

travelling, reading

Sponsors

Jan Burgers, Toyota

2019: 7th (Mini X-Raid)
2018: Ab. Stage 8 (Mini X-Raid)
2017: 27th (Mini X-Raid)
2016: 11th (Toyota)
2015: Ab. Stage 11 (Toyota)

2019: Qatar Rally (2nd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th), Silk Way Rally (Ab.), Morocco Rally (5th), Rally Qassim (1st), Al Alu Neom Rally (1st)
2018: Silk Way Rally (1st), Kazakhstan Rally (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally (10th), Kazakhstan Rally (11th), WRC Wales and Sardegna
2016: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Qatar Rally (2nd), Sardinia Rally (6th), Silk Way Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally (Ab.)
2015: Morocco Rally (3rd), Egypt Rally (2nd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (4th)
MERC and WRC2 events
2014: Baja Russia (1st), Baja Italia (1st), Egypt Rally (1st)
WRC2, ERC and MERC Championships

Interview

The hopes and pressure of an entire nation

The situation has changed. This time, Yazeed Al Rajhi will have the advantage, on his favorite terrain, in a region he knows like the back of his hand. Nonetheless, unpredictable is perhaps the best term to define the Saudi driver. At the start of his sixth Dakar, Yazeed has all he needs to be a contender for a podium finish or why not victory…on home soil! After a slow start to the season, he won the two rallies he entered in Saudi Arabia (the Rally Qassim and the Al Alu-Neom Rally, where the Dakar will also be contested). He will drive an Overdrive Toyota that has proven its worth in winning the 2019 Dakar in the hands of Nasser Al Attiyah. And what's more, he seems to have become more relaxed! In fact, his results in South America haven’t really presented a guarantee of reliability. In his Dakar debut in 2015, he made headlines taking his first stage victory in a Toyota Hilux on day 8, before having to retire on a liaison sector, with a mechanical problem, while he was third in the general classification. While it was not the most spectacular, his last Dakar is his best to date. Al Rajhi finished 7th in a Mini. In five participations, Al Rajhi has retired twice and finished in the Top 10 just once. In addition to his return to Toyota, the Saudi native has also chosen this year to change his co-driver. Initially, Dirk Van Zitzewitz was to sit to his right, but the former navigator of Giniel De Villiers (2009 Dakar winner) was injured in a serious accident and has had to bow out. The 38-year-old driver will be partnered by the former co-driver of Vasilyev, Russian Konstantin Zhiltsov and will carry the hopes, as well as the pressure of an entire nation on his shoulders.

Y.A.R.: “Ever since I was a child, I have had an interest in all forms of motorsport. The Dakar has always been special for me with this aspect of adventure. I dreamed of doing it one day. The Dakar is a demanding rally with an incredible history. To be part of it means that you fight against the best but also against the elements and against yourself. It is a very nice feeling after the problems we’ve had. I was rather pleased to finish in Peru in the Top 10 in my last Dakar. Of course, we were confronted with difficulties ad made mistakes but we still managed to get a strong result. I am obviously thrilled to see the Dakar in my home country. I think that it will be one of the finest Dakars in its history. The rally will be very difficult as it will cross the cast territory of the Kingdom with tremendous variety. Yes, I am among the favorites. I have raced on the same tracks in the Saudi Arabia Championship and in preparing for the Dakar, so I know pretty well to expect, which adds to the confidence I have with the car. The Al Alu-Neom Rally (in Saudi Arabia) was action-packed and we did very well. After a problem with a nut on a wheel during the first day, we gave it our all to win the rally. The only goal, of course, is victory.”

Vehicle

OVERDRIVE TOYOTA

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

Ranking 2020

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

All news of Y. Al rajhi

Dakar Mag - 17/01 07:53 [GMT +3] - Auto

Yazeed graduates to the major league

True-blue Saudi supporters would have bet the farm on their local hero winning the Dakar on home turf. However, his fourth-place finish in his sixth participation shows that Yazeed Al-Rajhi is coming into his own

The air of eternal teenager, the smirk plastered on his face, the jovial tone and the high-pitched voice —Yazeed Al-Rajhi has everything...

Newsflashes - 13/01 09:07 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al Rajhi in front

Yazeed Al Rajhi has moved into the lead on the special after 108 km, although there is still much to do for the Saudi driver, who has a lead of only 11 seconds over Orlando Terranova.

Newsflashes - 10/01 16:09 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al Rajhi and Alonso in the top 5

Behind the three main men of the category, Yazeed Al Rajhi and Fernando Alonso both put in good performances on stage six. The Saudi driver has even reinforced his 4th place in the general standings.

Reactions - 10/01 15:28 [GMT +3] - Auto

Yazeed Al Rajhi: “There was a crack”

Fourth on today’s stage despite mechanical problems, Yazeed Al Rajhi received a warm welcome at the finish of the rally’s sixth special.

“I am happy. I am near my city now, just 100 km from my city – I’m from Riyadh. I have a lot of fans here and I enjoyed it a lot so thanks to them for coming. Today was not an easy day. After the start we...

Newsflashes - 09/01 10:59 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al Rajhi closely followed

Yazeed Al Rajhi continues to lead the car race after 100 km of the special. However, the Toyota driver is only 5 seconds ahead of the Mini driven by Stéphane Peterhansel. Nasser Al-Attiyah et Yasir Seaidan are also les than 30 seconds behind!

Newsflashes - 09/01 09:58 [GMT +3] - Auto

Strong start by Al Rajhi

Yazeed Al Rajhi is in determined mood on the start of this fifth stage. The Saudi driver leads Bernhard Ten Brinke by almost a minute after 50 km. The gaps, however, are not that big, with Stéphane Peterhansel, Jakub Przygonski, Giniel de Villiers and Naser Al-Attiyah also just over a minute behind.

Newsflashes - 08/01 10:39 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al-Rajhi takes control

Yazeed Al-Rajhi is back on the attack in the first part of stage 4 and has set the fastest time after 55 km of racing, with 10 seconds to spare over Orlando Terranova. Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah are also within 20 seconds.

Reactions - 07/01 16:22 [GMT +3] - Auto

Yazeed Al Rajhi: “We tried to play it safe”

After suffering tyre problems on the first part of the day’s special, Yazeed Al Rajhi finished in fifth place, 4’32” behind the stage winner. The Saudi driver is fourth 18 minutes behind the general standings leader and is still in the reckoning for the podium.

“It was a good day for us. Everything is going well. We had two punctures and our third...

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