Published on January 21st, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Dakar Rally 2018 takes a toll on Gazoo Racing

This is first engine problem that Toyota Gazoo Racing SA has experienced in half a decade. The Toyota Hilux has proven itself to be an extremely tough and reliable race car, but unfortunately Ten Brinke/Périn couldn’t finish the race.

At the other end of the spectrum, Qatar’s Al Attiyah and France’s Baumel powered through the 369 km-long stage, and completed the 560-km liaison without mishap. The pair had a perfectly clean run, and the Toyota Hilux ran like clockwork.

Behind the Qatari and French pairing, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz showed their class by posting the third-fastest time on Stage 13, 13:06 behind Al Attiyah. The pair had spent nearly 14 hours in the Toyota Hilux on the day, and were very happy to reach the bivouac at Cordoba.


1 N. Al Attiyah (TOYOTA)    05:02:22

2 L. Alvarez (Toyota)          +11:16

3 G. De Villiers (TOYOTA)    +13:06

4 J. Przygonski (Mini)          +15:07

5 M. Hirvonen (Mini)           +19:24


1  C. Sainz (Peugeot)          47:46:30

2  N. Al Attiyah (TOYOTA)    +00:46:18

3  G. De Villiers (TOYOTA)   +01:20:00

4  S. Peterhansel (Peugeot) +01:28:08

5  J. Przygonski (Mini)         +02:46:32

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