Giniel de Villiers flew the South African flag high during stage 2 of the Dakar Rally, placing himself firmly at first by the end of the day.
Saudi Arabia – Giniel de Villiers is a long-time competitor in the Dakar, having won the Dakar Rally in 2009, he is part of Team Toyota, who will be defending their 2019 title.
Giniel de Villiers is racing with Spanish navigator Alex Bravo in Hilux 304 this year. They are one of four South African-run Gazoo Toyotas. Toyota is very keen to defend their 2019 title.
The excitement behind de Villiers competing is that not only is he a South African driver, he is also using a South African built car. It is only natural that South Africans are watching the rally closely, hoping for the best. In fact, there are a number of South African-run Gazoo’s in the race, so the odds are higher for a Proudly South African victory.
Giniel set the quickest time at the end of the day on stage two. They drove from Al Wajh towards Neom, passing by the Red Sea coastline.
Stay tuned, should South Africa feature again, we will be sure to share the exciting news right here.
There is still a long way to go, so it is too soon to say how things may turn out, but we are holding thumbs and standing by Giniel, our Proudly South African driver!