Breaking News

Toyota imperial South Africa team good to go in 2013 Dakar rally in South America

by Delia Jackson
03 January 2013 | 4272 Views

The countdown to the 34th running of the Dakar Rally is almost over and, with just two days to go to the start in Lima, Peru, on January 5, the Toyota Imperial South Africa team is good to go.

It's been a hectic few days since the team flew in from Johannesburg's OR Tambo international airport on December 28.  Both Imperial Toyota Hilux 4x4s have been reassembled in Toyota Peru's workshop since their flight across the Atlantic in an SAA Airbus, the six tons of spares and equipment needed to support the 15-day race have been off loaded and packed into the team's support trucks and both bakkies have successfully completed two days of shake-down testing.

"We're good to go," declared team manager Glyn Hall.  "The lads have been extremely busy since arriving here and everything has gone according to plan.  The planned test went very well and both drivers are happy and ready for Saturday's opening stage.

"The test area provided us with just the right terrain √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú big sand dunes and camel grass and also a 10-kilometre gravel road that included crossing a dry river bed.  We worked through the tests we had planned and found the best settings.  The two crews practised with the sand ladders and tested different tyre pressures.

"We just have scrutineering and documentation to complete in the next few days and then the long build-up is over.  We're well prepared √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú better than last time √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and we all feel good about the challenge that lies ahead," said Hall.  

2009 Dakar Rally winners Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in the #301 Hilux will start Saturday's opening special stage in second place behind former winner Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and Lucas Cruz of Spain in an American-built V8 buggy.  South African off road champions Duncan Vos and Rob Howie in the #312 Hilux will start in 13th position.

Saturday's stage consists of a 250-kilometre liaison section followed by a 13-kilometre special stage that will end in Pisco.  This mini special stage on the outskirts of Pisco will not be as stiff as the drink that made the region famous and it will be one of the few opportunities competitors will get to admire the picturesque landscape as they settle down for the long haul in the days ahead.

Toyota Motorsport Acknowledges Its Dakar Sponsors, Specialist Official Suppliers and Technical Partners




Toyota, Imperial Toyota, Duxbury Netgear, SAA, SAA Cargo, Innovation Group, Toyota Financial Services, Blue Sky, Bosch, Castrol, DeWalt, Donaldson, Edgecam, 4x4 Mega World, Hallspeed, Mastercraft, Michelin, Mistral, NGK, Oakley, SKF, Spanjaard and TFM.

Follow the team on Twitter at @ToyotaLive and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toyotasouthafrica.  For more in-depth updates go to www.toyota.co.za.
 

Toyota

Source: Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd

Should Zimbabweans be deported from the UK?

Yes
25%
No
72.44%
Not sure
2.56%
156

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Mugabe's cabinet reshuffle wont get Zim out of the woods

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 308 Views

Queen Elizabeth II congratulates Zimbabwe on turning 34

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 298 Views

Veteran journalist survives carjacking - Zimbabwe Independent news edi...

by Staff Reporter | 17 April 2014 | 422 Views

Road accident, driver dies on the spot - WhatsAp update

by Concerned Citizen | 17 April 2014 | 706 Views

MDC-T officials willing participants in Zanu-PF factional fights - The...

by Thabani V Mpofu 4 Justice | 17 April 2014 | 504 Views

Independence, Zimbabwe's own Passover and Easter - The Independence Da...

by Tafara Shumba | 17 April 2014 | 339 Views

ZITF 2014, 'New ideas to New Heights' - This year's 55th edition of t...

by Peacemaker Zano | 17 April 2014 | 254 Views

Obama's Zimbabwe Independence Day message

by Staff Reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3536 Views

Zanu-PF's 34th independence message

by Zanu-PF | 17 April 2014 | 792 Views

Tsvangirai's Easter and Independence Day message to the people of Zimbabwe

by Morgan Tsvangirai | 17 April 2014 | 1521 Views

Extra lessons pay dividends

by Tafara Shumba | 17 April 2014 | 1154 Views

Mugabe adds another twist to Zanu-PF succession debate

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3450 Views

'Fear rife in Tsvangirai's MDC-T,' says Matinenga

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1249 Views

Police warn of Easter road blitz

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 762 Views

Disabled man divorced over sex - A physically-challenged man yesterday...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2604 Views

Prophet Angel's football prophecy lawsuit challenged

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2044 Views

'Govt needs to review drivers' licensing law,' says Obert Mpofu - Gove...

by Richard Chidza | 17 April 2014 | 2305 Views

A Level whizzkid heads to Harvard - A Zimbabwean student who scored ...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3074 Views

Axed Zupco employees besiege offices - More than 30 former southern r...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1218 Views

Tsvangirai snubbed - The local leadership of the Movement for Democra...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2254 Views

'We can't single-handedly topple Mugabe,' says MDC-T - MDC-T national...

by Bridgette Bugalo | 17 April 2014 | 1384 Views

Zanu-PF MP files $200k lawsuit - Zanu-PF Mberengwa East legislator Mak...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 926 Views

Mugabe to wield axe - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is mulling a roots and ...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2634 Views

Beitbridge: are we serious about water rationing? - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Resident | 17 April 2014 | 792 Views

Zanu-PF in turmoil - A SIEGE mood has engulfed Zanu-PF ahead of its e...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1589 Views

Fatal accident - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Resident | 17 April 2014 | 2952 Views

Security concerns for Bona Mugabe - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe may have ...

by Owen Gagare | 17 April 2014 | 4650 Views

Entertainment

Tuku Greatest Hits Concert postponed - Oliver Mtukudzi's Greatest Hits...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1002 Views

'Corruption is betrayal of the values of the liberation struggle' says...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 16 April 2014 | 1567 Views

Stand Up comedian to record one man show in Zimbabwe - Daliso Chaponda...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 963 Views

L'Vovo Derrango billed for Bulawayo show - THOSE attending the Zimbabw...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 16 April 2014 | 995 Views

Artist Profile - Interview with D2X

by Staff Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 1368 Views

Generations actor's Bulawayo show flops

by Showbiz Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 5424 Views

Mukanya gets 'wild' applause - Self exiled legendary musician Dr Thoma...

by Staff reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5001 Views

Freshlyground to perform in Zim's HIFA after insulting Mugabe - South...

by Arts reporter | 13 April 2014 | 3412 Views

Generations' actress draws big crowd

by Staff Reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5193 Views

Generations actress in Zimbabwe - GENERATIONS, a South African soapie ...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 12 April 2014 | 2905 Views

Farai & The Forest Dawn to rock Zim Achievers Awards

by Arts Correspondent | 11 April 2014 | 1834 Views
iBlog

Yet Another Wave Of Digital Destruction Is Coming

Malware fever keeps on raging, taking sophisticated forms to wreak havoc around the worldwide web. even if your system is guarded thoroughly, you are still skating on thin ice, so you should better keep your eyes open and think twice before you make ... Read More
SecNews 02 March 2014 ago

The Final Round By Raja Zeeshan

... Read More
RajaZeeshan 11 January 2014 ago