Toyota Gazoo Racing storm to victory in Morocco
Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and Spanish co-driver
Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and Spanish co-driver, Alex Haro, have won the 2019 Rally of Morocco, driving a Proudly SA-built Toyota Hilux. The pair took the overall lead in the fourth stage of the notoriously tough event, and then went on to win the fifth and final stage to seal their overall victory.
“It is really nice to win again, here in Morocco,” said De Villiers after bringing the Toyota Hilux to a halt at the end of the final stage. “I’ve won this race three times before, but it has been a long dry spell, and I’m ecstatic to be on the top step of the podium again.”
He was also quick to thank the team for preparing the car, which never missed a beat during the five racing stages, but he reserved special praise for his new navigator, Haro: “I’m really glad for Alex as well. He did a great job in the car, and I’m sure this victory will give both of us confidence as we continue to prepare for the Dakar Rally.”
The final stage also brought a clean run for Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma, who posted the 8th-fastest time, and was classified in 21st place in the overall standings. The pair will continue their training with the team, with an eye on a possible entry to the Dakar Rally in 2020.