As Giniel De Villiers gears up for the 2024 Dakar Rally, his determination, experience, and adaptability stand as pillars supporting his quest for triumph in this ultimate test of endurance and skill.

Giniel De Villiers, esteemed Red Bull athlete and seasoned Dakar Rally Racer shares his preparation, insights and expectations for 2024.


Saudi Arabia (05 January 2024) – As the 2024 Dakar Rally draws near, acclaimed Red Bull athlete and Dakar Rally Racer, Giniel De Villiers, eagerly anticipates the challenge, gearing up for what promises to be an exhilarating and demanding event. De Villiers, a seasoned participant in the legendary rally, shares insights into his preparations, expectations, and reflections from past experiences as he sets his sights on conquering the gruelling terrains once again.

Reflecting on his preparation leading up to the rally, De Villiers emphasised the meticulous work invested in fine-tuning a brand-new car.

“The preparation has been really good. We’ve got a brand new car which is 100 millimetres wider, at a maximum of 2.3 meters wide. So obviously, we are focused on getting the setup right for that car,” he explained. Despite challenges associated with the new vehicle’s setup, he expressed confidence in their achievements during a successful test in Namibia. “We had to do quite a lot of work on the setup, and I think we managed to achieve that,” he added.

Regarding his expectations for this year’s race, De Villiers highlighted the novelty of the upcoming marathon stage.

“There is a new aspect to this one; which is a marathon stage, a 48-hour chrono stage in the empty quarter. It’s going to be 600 km of dunes. I expect that to be extremely challenging,” he commented.

Acknowledging the race’s perennial difficulty, he expressed excitement about competing with the new car against tough opposition.

De Villiers stressed the importance of teamwork in such a demanding race.

“You cannot do well in the rally without a strong team,” he emphasised. Highlighting the vital roles within the team, he recognised the synergy among team members as integral to their success. “Each one plays a very important role in making the whole team work properly,” he said.

With an impressive 21 Dakar Rallies under his belt, De Villiers underscored the value of experience.

“The more experience you have, it definitely does help you,” he explained. However, he emphasised the need for adaptability, stating, “Every year is different… It’s important that you approach the Dakar Rally with a humble perspective.”

De Villiers highlighted the importance of arriving at the race fresh and mentally prepared.

“You need to find the right balance between being fit enough to do the Rally and not exhausting yourself beforehand,” he mentioned. Emphasising the need for adaptability during the race, he noted, “You’ve got to adapt at the moment, and that’s the most important thing.”

Acknowledging the global fanbase of the Dakar Rally, De Villiers expressed gratitude for the support. “The race can really knock you down quickly,” he admitted, emphasising the role of fan encouragement in fuelling his determination.

Looking beyond the event, De Villiers plans for reflection and recovery, prioritising rest after the physically and mentally demanding rally. As a seasoned participant, he envisions a continued legacy in the sport while remaining open to learning and adapting.

As Giniel De Villiers gears up for the 2024 Dakar Rally, his determination, experience, and adaptability stand as pillars supporting his quest for triumph in this ultimate test of endurance and skill.

Giniel is joined by several other South Africans in this year’s event, you can find the full list here.

Sources: Press Release
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