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De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz second on stage 7 of Dakar 2015, as Poulter Consolidates

ToyotaUYUNI - As if the Dakar Rally isn't tough enough, the crews had to go off into Bolivia on their own for Stage 7 - without the support of their service crews at the end of the day. For Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, in the Toyota Imperial Hilux, however, it was a fantastic stage that saw the crew post the sixth-fastest time on the stage, and taking three minutes out of rally leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI) in the process.

Dakar 2015, Stage 5: Steady Performance by De Villiers, Heartache for Poulter

Dakar RacingANTOFAGASTA - The Dakar is known as a race that takes no prisoners, and Stage 5 of the world's toughest motorsport event proved to be a turning point for Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in their Toyota Imperial Hilux (#327). The pair lost nearly an hour to the leaders on the stage, after an electrical short over the rough terrain stopped the car.

Toyota Imperial SA Dakar Team successfully completes Pre-race checks for Dakar 2015

Toyota Dakar Racing 2015BUENOS AIRES - With the start of Dakar 2015 now just hours away, the Toyota Imperial South African Dakar Team was pleased and somewhat relieved when all pre-race checks were completed successfully early on Saturday, 3 January. All that remained before the start of racing was the ceremonial start podium, which took place early in the evening of the same day.

Dakar 2015, Stage 3: Tough day for Poulter, As De Villiers cements second position overall

ToyotaCHILECITO - Stage 3 of Dakar 2015 took place in some of the most spectacular scenery on the face of the planet, but Giniel de Villiers and German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz (#303) clearly didn't take a moment to enjoy their surroundings. The pair posted the second-fastest time on the stage, losing out on a stage win by just 1:54 after 284 km of cross-country racing. In the end it was MINI driver Orlando Terranova that pipped them to the post, but De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz remain in second place overall, 5:18 behind Nasser Al-Attiyah (MINI).

DAKAR 2015:Toyota Race Vehicles and Equipment shipped to South America

 	DAKAR 2015: RACE VEHICLESThe team at Toyota Motorsport sighed a massive sigh of relief on Friday 12th December 2014, when the two locally developed and built Imperial Toyota Hilux race vehicles left the workshop in Barbeque Downs - next stop Buenos Aires. The two newly completed race vehicles (piloted by Giniel de Villiers and Leeroy Poulter, with Dirk von Zitzewitz and Rob Howie doing navigating duty), together with a third bakkie, built for Saudi WRC driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi, will be on the start line for the 2015 Dakar which kicks off on January 4th in the Argentine capital.

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