2016 Goldfields Motor Rally - 04/05 March 2016 - Welkom
PODIUM FINISH FOR DE VILLIERS, WHILE POULTER TAKES FIFTH AND YAZEED FINISHES ELEVENTH ON DAKAR 2016
ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – The thirteenth and final stage of Dakar 2016 may only have been 180 km long, but what it lacked in distance, it made up for in suspense. For Toyota Gazoo Racing SA, Stage 13 was the final challenge separating Dakar veterans Giniel de Villiers and Navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz (#301) from a place on this year’s podium. They had multiple WRC winner Miko Hirvonen (MINI) pushing hard to knock them down to fourth place, but the pair prevailed and sealed third, by posting a time just 03:08 behind stage-winner Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot).
GREAT PERFORMANCE BY TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA, AS POULTER NARROWLY MISSES OUT ON STAGE 12 WIN
VILLA CARLOS PAZ, ARGENTINA – A solid performance by Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Leeroy Poulter and navigator Rob Howie (#319) saw the crew lead Stage 12 of Dakar 2016 for nearly five hours, narrowly losing out on their first stage win. The pair took the lead from the first waypoint in the 481 km-long stage between San Juan and Villa Carlos Paz, and only relinquished that position within half an hour of the finish. The stage was won by MINI’s Miko Hirvonen, with Nasser al-Attiyah in second and Poulter/Howie finishing third.
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ RETAIN THIRD PLACE ON STAGE 11 OF DAKAR 2016
SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA – With the stages on Dakar 2016 unwinding, the crews tackled the final off-piste stage of the race from the Argentine town of La Rioja to San Juan on Thursday, January 14th. The 431km-long track was deemed by many to be one of the hardest stages of this year’s race, and finishing it unscathed was an achievement in itself. However, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz (#301) not only completed the stage without any damage to their Toyota Hilux, but also retained their third place in the overall standings.
DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ MOVE UP INTO THIRD OVERALL, AS DAKAR 2016 BEARS ITS TEETH
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 fickle, though Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (#301) moved up into third place overall.