GINIEL DE VILLIERS DAKAR 2013 HONOURED AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Toyota Goodwood Festival of Speed

  • Giniel receives Goodwood Driver’s Award
  • Racing Hilux fourth fastest on famed forest stage
  • All recent Toyota Le Mans racers on show

Giniel De Villiers

Giniel De Villiers at the

Goodwood Festival of Speed

.

Taking the honour of honours amongst a full house of legendary drivers, Capetonian Giniel de Villiers and his Dakar Racing Toyota Hilux was honoured with the Driver’s Award at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was the 20th time that this legendary event was held in England.

De Villiers (41) drove the Hilux on hot laps on the 4 km Goodwood forest stage and was chosen by marshals and the clerk of the course as the most exciting driver on the weekend. This award would have surprised few as Giniel and his special red-painted Hilux was fourth fastest of all contenders on the forest stage and was only beaten by three World Rally Championship (WRC) cars.

“The guys really liked the bakkie!,” says Giniel of the spectators and the handful of co-drivers lucky enough to make it into the Hilux. “I had the Hilux on two wheels on Friday and I guess that people really enjoyed that.”

Giniel returned to Goodwood after a first taste in 2012. “We come here to have some fun and showcase the Dakar Racing Hilux, yet in some sense it is also the spiritual start to our Dakar campaign, which will start in full force at the end of this month in the Namib desert,” says Giniel.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota Imperial South Africa Dakar team principal Glyn Hall was on hand to monitor Giniel’s driving. “Giniel’s driving at Goodwood makes me very excited about our upcoming tests in Namibia. We have a large number of changes and improvements to test and it will give us a good idea of what our chances are in the 2014 Dakar.”

While the Hilux conquered the famed forest stage, Toyota showcased its rich racing heritage on tarmac as well. Featured amongst the line-up of great racing cars and drivers were all three recent generations of Toyota’s works Le Mans racers, notably the TS030 Hybrid that finished 2nd in this year’s gruelling 24 hour race. Drivers Alex Wurz and Anthony Davidson were on hand to pilot this racing car up the famed slopes of Goodwood.

Toyota Goodwood

Other Toyota legends included the GT-One Le Mans car of 1998 and 1999 that was reunited with drivers Martin Brundle and Emanuel Collard, several racing Celica models, the last works-entered Toyota Corolla WRC and a classic AE86 to stand alongside a special Toyota 86 model – the FT86 Open concept.

“The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an amazing show,” says Giniel “So many great and historic racing cars and drivers are on hand and the atmosphere is incredible. If you love cars, you have to attend this festival at least once in your life.”

Toyota Goodwood Festival of Speed

An estimated 150 000 people attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Comments are closed

RELATED ARTICLES:
DAKAR 2016 – DE VILLIERS MOVE UP INTO THIRD OVERALL, AS DAKAR 2016 BEARS ITS TEETH
giniel-de-villiers-780x520
DRAMA AS STAGE 9 OF DAKAR 2016 IS SHORTENED
Toyota-Camp-780x520
DAKAR 2016 – MIXED FORTUNES FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA ON DAKAR 2016 STAGE 8
toyota-hilux-dakar-780x520
FRUSTRATION FOR THE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM AS DAKAR 2016 STAGE 1GETS CANCELLED
Toyota-Dakar-780x488
DAKAR 2016 – GINIEL DE VILLIERS UP TO SECOND PLACE ON DAKAR 2016
leeroy-polter-780x520
DAKAR 2016 – POULTER MOVES UP TO 4TH OVERALL ON DAKAR 2016
dakar-rally-2016-1-780x520
DAKAR 2016 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING UNDER PRESSURE AT HIGH ALTITUDE
DAKAR 2016 – POWER PERFORMANCE BY YAZEED KEEPS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN THE DAKAR FIGHT
Yazeed-dakar-rally-780x520
DAKAR 2016 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA IN TOP TEN AS DAKAR 2016 REACHES MIDPOINT
Toyota-Dakar-2016-Rally-780x520
TOYOTA DAKAR 2016 GAZOO RACING SOUTH AFRICA SAFELY IN SOUTH AMERICA
Toyota-dakar-2016-780x520

3D Car Shows on Google+

3D Car Shows on Youtube

3D Car Shows YouTube