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Great Dakar results for TOYOTA GAZOO

The 2021 Dakar Rally has concluded with some great results for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team.

Great Dakar results for TOYOTA GAZOO

Great Dakar results for TOYOTA GAZOO

 

The 2021 Dakar Rally has concluded with some great results for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team. Six stage victories by the team resulted in second overall, 8th overall and 21st overall.

In second place overall was the team of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel, just 13min 51sec behind overall winners Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI) after 4,400km of competitive racing! Al-Attiyah and Baumel managed to secure five stage wins in their South African built Hilux, while veteran Giniel de Villiers and his Spanish navigator, Alex Haro, managed a stage win too.

De Villiers and Haro didn’t have the Dakar they were hoping for, tough, with an incredible 24 punctures over the 12 stages of racing as well as some early navigational problems and a broken side shaft. “Dakar 2021 was really a little disappointing for us,” said De Villiers after the race. “Nothing seemed to go right from the start. It was a difficult rally, but it’s always a good feeling to finish a Dakar. I’d like to congratulate Stéphane on his 14th Dakar win, his 8th in the car category – a tremendous achievement. For us, we’ll come back fighting again next year.”

Testament to the toughness of the Hilux is the only mechanical issues faced by all crews in the team were two broken side shafts, which were both fixed on site. Other than that, Henk Lategan and his navigator Brett Cummings, were forced to withdraw from the race after a heavy crash near the start of stage 5. The Hilux wasn’t badly damaged but Lategan suffered minor injuries and was air-lifted to hospital, putting paid to his chances. The double South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) champions spent the remainder of the race following the rally, learning as much as possible in preparation for their next assault on the world’s toughest automotive race.

“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the entire TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Dakar team to the family and friends of Pierre Cherpin,” said TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team Principal, Glyn Hall, after the race concluded in Jeddah, “who sadly passed away after suffering a crash on his bike earlier in the race. His death is a sad reminder of the dangers we face as racing drivers and navigators, but his spirit lives on in the crews who continue to fight for victory and adventure on races such as Dakar. For us, this year’s race brough the joys of many stage wins, both for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and Toyota as a brand. I am extremely proud of everything we achieved here this year, and cannot thank Nasser and Mathieu enough for their fighting spirit and tenacity.

“The same goes for Giniel and Alex, as well as Shameer and Dennis, who never gave up the fight and continually pushed the limits of their own endurance and that of our tough Toyota Hilux. We may not have won the race, but we fought valiantly, and I’m proud of the team.”

 

 

 

 

 

Great Dakar results for TOYOTA GAZOO

 

The 2021 Dakar Rally has concluded with some great results for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team. Six stage victories by the team resulted in second overall, 8th overall and 21st overall.

In second place overall was the team of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel, just 13min 51sec behind overall winners Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI) after 4,400km of competitive racing! Al-Attiyah and Baumel managed to secure five stage wins in their South African built Hilux, while veteran Giniel de Villiers and his Spanish navigator, Alex Haro, managed a stage win too.

De Villiers and Haro didn’t have the Dakar they were hoping for, tough, with an incredible 24 punctures over the 12 stages of racing as well as some early navigational problems and a broken side shaft. “Dakar 2021 was really a little disappointing for us,” said De Villiers after the race. “Nothing seemed to go right from the start. It was a difficult rally, but it’s always a good feeling to finish a Dakar. I’d like to congratulate Stéphane on his 14th Dakar win, his 8th in the car category – a tremendous achievement. For us, we’ll come back fighting again next year.”

Testament to the toughness of the Hilux is the only mechanical issues faced by all crews in the team were two broken side shafts, which were both fixed on site. Other than that, Henk Lategan and his navigator Brett Cummings, were forced to withdraw from the race after a heavy crash near the start of stage 5. The Hilux wasn’t badly damaged but Lategan suffered minor injuries and was air-lifted to hospital, putting paid to his chances. The double South African Cross-Country Series (SACCS) champions spent the remainder of the race following the rally, learning as much as possible in preparation for their next assault on the world’s toughest automotive race.

“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the entire TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Dakar team to the family and friends of Pierre Cherpin,” said TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Team Principal, Glyn Hall, after the race concluded in Jeddah, “who sadly passed away after suffering a crash on his bike earlier in the race. His death is a sad reminder of the dangers we face as racing drivers and navigators, but his spirit lives on in the crews who continue to fight for victory and adventure on races such as Dakar. For us, this year’s race brough the joys of many stage wins, both for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and Toyota as a brand. I am extremely proud of everything we achieved here this year, and cannot thank Nasser and Mathieu enough for their fighting spirit and tenacity.

“The same goes for Giniel and Alex, as well as Shameer and Dennis, who never gave up the fight and continually pushed the limits of their own endurance and that of our tough Toyota Hilux. We may not have won the race, but we fought valiantly, and I’m proud of the team.”