Dakar 2012: Giniel de Villiers South Africa







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 5, 2012
Categories: Toyota, Toyota Racing

Dakar 2012 Giniel de VilliersGiniel de Villiers climbed up to second on the overall leaderboard after four stages of the 2012 Dakar Rally.

Hear about Giniel’s latest trip through South America’s Dakar assault course.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised to be in second place because it’s no secret that we didn’t get to test the car as much as we probably should have. It’s so far, so good, and that’s all I could have asked for of the car, my co-pilot Dirk and myself.

It was a tough day out there with plenty of tricky sections dotted around the stage. I’m pleased with the job that we did because we saw lots of other cars in all kinds of trouble.

In terms of what we can achieve in this car, I just see us putting in the effort each day and hopefully that will be enough to keep surprising people. We’re no match for the X-Raid Mini in terms of pure speed but that’s not really the deciding factor in the Dakar. If we can stay in touch like we have been we have enough experience at this thing to know that anything is possible until the final kilometre.

"If we can stay in touch like we have been we have enough experience at this thing to know that anything is possible until the final kilometre"

We're still in the early stages of the race but I’d be lying if I said I’m not having a look at the times being posted by the other cars. It’s important to us that we stay in touch with the leader, so it’s good to have a look at the classifications and see that we are right up there.

The guy ahead of us at the moment is the same guy I pegged as the man to beat at this year’s race. I’m not surprised that Stephane Peterhansel is leading – he has a solid car and a great history of winning the race. But there’s a bunch of guys chasing him down and after four days of the Dakar it's our car that’s leading that pack.

Giniel de Villiers and Dirk trail Stephane Peterhansel by just over five minutes with two thirds of the Dakar Rally remaining.

"Here at 3D Car Shows we are holding thumbs for Giniel de Villiers and the South African Team Members!" - Gerald Ferreira