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Motorsport | SA News

Giniel de Villiers - Toyota © MotorPics

Dream finish for local Toyotas



Three Johannesburg-built Hallspeed Toyota Hiluxes had a dream result on the 2012 Dakar Rally that finished in Peru on Sunday.

Team Imperial Toyota concluded its maiden foray into the ultimate test of endurance with a third place for Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, an 11th place for Duncan Vos and Rob Howie in the sister car, and sixth place for the Team Overdrive entered South African Hilux of Lucio Alvarez and Andy Graue who finished sixth.

Sunday's final stage was a 29km run through the haunting desolation of the Atacama Desert, before running into Lima on a highway lined with thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic spectators. In Lima, crews were routed to the city square where they had the opportunity to drive onto a raised podium in front of their fans, a festive celebration of endurance and of the survivors.

Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz showed that they are a class act and with their podium position which follows De Villiers win in the 2009 event in a factory Volkswagen.

The Hallspeed Hiluxes are built for the South African national off-road racing championship and their engines are restricted in accordance with regulations that have been accepted internationally, including for the 2013 Dakar Rally. Of the many cars that adhered to this future Dakar specification, referred to as class T1.5 in the paddock, the South Africans finished first, second and third, a most encouraging result.

The result achieved by the South African Toyotas would have pleased any team on its first attempt, regardless of the available resources and technical know how. For this team to have done so in only a few months with a comparatively modest budget is absolutely amazing, a feat that should make every South African proud.

The crews were due to start their long flights home on Monday and are expected to arrive in Johannesburg at 15:30 on Tuesday 17th January. They deserve a heroes' welcome!

2012 Dakar Rally Final Results

Stage 14 Times - Cars

1 Robby Gordon (USA) Johnny Campbell (USA) Hummer 22:43 
2 Ricardo Leal dos Santos (POR) Paulo Fiuza (POR) Mini +00:21 
3 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Jean-Marc Fortin (BEL) Mini +00:38 
4 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) Dirk von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota +01:28 
5 Carlos Sousa (POR) Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) GWM +01:36 
6 Lucio Alvarez (ARG) Bernardo Graue (ARG) Toyota +02:01  
7 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) Andreas Schulz (GER) Mini +02:10 
8 Nani Roma (ESP) Michel Périn (FRA) Mini +02:11 
9 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NED) Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Mitsubishi +02:49 
10 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Mini +03:12
14 Mark Corbett (RSA) Francois Jordaan (RSA) CR4 +05:32
17 Duncan Vos (RSA) Rob Howie (RSA) Toyota +6:07

Overall Standings After Stage 14 (Final) - Cars

1 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) Mini 38hr 54:46 
2 Nani Roma (ESP) Michel Périn (FRA) Mini 15:36:42 +41:56 
3 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) Dirk von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota +1hr 13:25 
4 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) Andreas Schulz (GER) Mini +2hr 11:54 
5 Robby Gordon (USA) Johnny Campbell (USA) Hummer +2hr 16:53 
6 Lucio Alvarez (ARG) Bernardo Graue (ARG) Toyota +4hr 05:52 
7 Carlos Sousa (POR) Jean-Pierre Garcin (FRA) GWM +4hr 30:24 
8 Ricardo Leal dos Santos (POR) Paulo Fiuza (POR) Mini +5hr 03:18 
9 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NED) Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Mitsubishi +5hr 11:18 
10 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Jean-Marc Fortin (BEL) Mini  +6hr 59:38
11 Duncan Vos (RSA) Rob Howie (RSA) Toyota +7hr 08:31
24 Mark Corbett (RSA) Francois Jordaan (RSA) CR4 +18hr 57:29

Stage 14 Times - Bikes

1 Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR) KTM 22:26 
2 Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +01:08 
3 Stefan Zvitko (SVK) KTM +01:43 
4 Gerard Farres Guell (ESP) KTM +02:01 
5 Alessandro Botturi (ITA) KTM +02:11 
6 Olivier Pain (FRA) Yamaha +02:55 
7 Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +03:35 
8 Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha +03:41 
9 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP) Husqvarna +03:44 
10 Cyril Després (FRA) KTM +03:51
27 Darryl Curtis (RSA) KTM +08:23
69 Greg Raaf (RSA) KTM +15:44

Overall Standings After Stage 14 (Final) - Bikes

1 Cyril Després (FRA) KTM 43hr 28:11
2 Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +53:20
3 Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha +1hr 11:17 
4 Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +1hr 40:56 
5 Stefan Zvitko (SVK) KTM +1hr 47:28 
6 Pal Anders Ullevalseter (NOR) KTM +2hr 11:56
7 Gerard Farres Guell (ESP) KTM +2hr 14:22
8 Alessandro Botturi (ITA) KTM +2hr 59:04
9 Olivier Pain (FRA) Yamaha +3hr 17:50
10 Felipe Zanol (BRA) KTM +3hr 25:56
22 Darryl Curtis (RSA) KTM +7hr 23:32
83 Greg Raaf (RSA) KTM +30hr 08:24

 

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