LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA – Stage 10 of Dakar 2016 brought the fearsome dunes of the Catamarca near the town of Fiambalá properly into play, as a number of the top crews faltered under the relentless South American sun. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, it was again a day where the gods of the Dakar proved […]
BELÉN, ARGENTINA – Extremely hot temperatures, reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius, plagued Stage 9 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. As a result, the stage was shortened to just 90 km for the cars and trucks, while the motorcycles completed the full 285 km-long route. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, the stage again brought mixed results, […]
BELÉN, ARGENTINA – Stage 8 of Dakar 2016 brought mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, though all three Toyota Hilux race vehicles made it safely through the tough, 393
VILLA CARLOS PAZ, ARGENTINA – Stage 1 of the 2016 Dakar Rally turned into a non-event, when the organisers were forced to cancel the 258km-long racing section due to heavy
JUJUY, ARGENTINA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz pushed hard on Stage 3 of Dakar 2016, to move into second place in the overall standings. The stage, which took place on January 5th, saw the crews relocate from Termas de Río Hondo to the town of Jujuy, in […]
TAJITA, BOLIVIA – As the support crews and staff relocated to the Bolivian town of Tajita on January 6th, the competitors in Dakar 2016 tackled Stage 4 – a 429 km loop at altitudes peaking over 4,000 m. Not only that, but Stage 4 was also a marathon stage, which means that the crews will […]
UYUNI, BOLIVIA – The high altitudes of Stage 5 of Dakar 2016 placed the crews of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA under extreme pressure, not only because of the performance differences between the normally aspirated V8-powered Toyota Hilux’s engines, but also because of the strain the rapid rise to heights over 4,300 meters placed on their […]
UYUNI, BOLIVIA – It was another high altitude stage on Dakar 2016, as the crews tackled the 542 km Stage 6. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, the extreme altitudes of Bolivia’s high planes made it challenging to compete with the turbo-charged cars in the field. Even so Yazeed al Rajhi and navigator Timo Gottschalk (#305) […]
SALTA, ARGENTINA – Stage 7 of Dakar 2016 brought to an end not only the race’s foray into Bolivia, but also a series of high-altitude stages that did not suit the naturally aspirated V8 petrol engines of the Toyota Hilux race vehicles. Even so, all three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s crews are in the top […]
THE TEAM: EXPERIENCE AND SPEED The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team for the 2016 Dakar Rally consists of three crews. Each of the pairings have proven themselves in the past, and there can be no doubt of the talent and commitment of the six men who will pilot the latest evolution of the South African […]
THE RACE: DAKAR AND TOYOTA The Dakar Rally is one of the greatest races on earth. It all started in 1977, when the founder of the race, Frenchman Thierry Sabine, got lost in the Ténéré Desert while competing in the Abidjan-Nice Rally. By the following year, the Paris-Dakar was born, and 182 vehicles competed in […]
Toyota SA Motors is pleased to announce the team that will tackle to 2016 Dakar Rally, which takes place from January 2nd to 16th in Argentina and Bolivia. The race, often billed as the toughest motorsport event in the world, will see three race Toyota Hilux vehicles from South Africa take part under the new […]
With the two leading protagonists in the battle for top honours in the 2015 National Rally Championship for all intent and purposes level-pegged at the top of the leader board, the scene is set for a thrilling final two tests in the series.
Defending South African National Rally Champions, Leeroy Poulter and navigator Elvéne Coetzee will be aiming to continue their good form on round 5 of the 2015 South African National Rally Championship, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on 17 and 18 July. The Castrol Team Toyota Yaris S2000 crew’s first victory for the year came […]
At the halfway point of the 2015 SA National Rally season the Castrol Team Toyota pair and defending national rally champions Leeroy Poulter and Elvéne Coetzee (Toyota Yaris) has narrowed the gap to current log leaders Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton (Ford Fiesta) with their first victory of the year in the Bela-Bela Motor Rally.
Castrol Team Toyota achieved an epic one-two victory on the legendary Sugarbelt 450, Round 2 of the Donaldson Cross-Country Championship this weekend. Leeroy Poulter and navigator Rob Howie made it two victories from two starts in the 2015 season, when they lead the race from start to finish. Defending champions Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy […]
The SASOL Rally, round two of the South African National Rally Championship, is taking place this weekend – and Castrol Team Toyota is looking forward to a good result on what is arguably South Africa’s premiere rally event.
BUENOS AIRES – There was pure elation in Buenos Aires after the finish of Stage 13 – final stage of the 2015 Dakar – when South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz drove onto the podium to accept their trophies for second place overall. The pair finished 35:34 behind Qatari driver […]
PENULTIMATE STAGE OF DAKAR 2015 SEES STEADY PERFORMANCES BY BOTH TOYOTA IMPERIAL SA DAKAR TEAM CREWS ROSARIO – Stage 12, the penultimate stage of Dakar 2015, saw the race crews compete in a testing 298 km-long special, which took them from the riverside town of Termas Rio Hondo to the city of Rosario – and […]
SOLID STAGE FOR DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ, AS TEAM ORDERS HOLD BACK POULTER/HOWIE TERMAS DE RIO HONDO – Stage 11 of the 2015 Dakar was marked by yet another solid performance by the Toyota Imperial SA Dakar Team’s ‘mister consistency’, Giniel de Villiers. Partnered by long-standing German navigator the Dakar veteran from Paarl posted the 3rd-fastest […]
POULTER/HOWIE IMPRESSES, AS DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ CONSOLIDATES SALTA – Another day on the Dakar, another crossing of the Andes… Stage 10 saw the crews move from the dustbowl of Calama in Chile, across the Andes and down to the lush forests of Salta in Argentina. Along the way they also competed in a testing, 358 […]
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ MAINTAIN SECOND POSITION, DESPITE NAVIGATIONAL CHALLENGES ON STAGE 9 CALAMA – Dakar 2015 served up a curveball for the race crews on Stage 9, with not only a challenging route from Iquique to Calama, but also a particularly hard-to-find waypoint that had many crews scrambling around, searching for the elusive beacon in […]
IQUIQUE – A fantastic drive on the second day of the so-called marathon stage (stages without service assistance) saw Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz post the 4th-fastest time, 2:49 off the winner, and 13 seconds behind overall rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI). This places them solidly in 2nd position overall after […]
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ SECOND ON STAGE 7 OF DAKAR 2015, AS POULTER CONSOLIDATES UYUNI – As if the Dakar Rally isn’t tough enough, the crews had to go off into Bolivia on their own for Stage 7 – without the support of their service crews at the end of the day. For Giniel de Villiers […]