HOME | CONTACT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING | RSS















NEWS & LIVE TOP HEADLINES


NEWS & LIVE ARCHIVE


ENGLISH NEWSLETTER


FAQ: HOW DOES IT WORK?


FAQ: MY/OUR NEWS HERE?


FAQ: OLDER NEWS?













Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































Welcome to the marathonrally.com newssection. Here you can find the article you selected. For a full selection of news please click on "NEWS & LIVEREPORTS", for older articles use the search function in top of the right navigation.




Dakar Rally 2013: Belgium Overdrive Racing to field six Toyota Hilux Pickup.







Overdrive Racing will field six Toyota Hiluxes in the Dakar Rally. Argentinean driver Lucio Alvarez will be joined by Dutchman Peter van Merksteijn and the Polish duo of Szymon Ruta and former ski jumper Adam Malysz in the official Overdrive team.

Australian Geoff Olholm and Venezuela’s Nunzio Coffaro will run a pair of customer cars run under the Cairns Coconut Resort and Team Azimut banners to complete the six-car Overdrive Toyota presence in the world’s most difficult off-road rally.

Argentina’s Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue, Belgian Eddy Chevallier, Frenchman Laurent Lichtleuchter and Poland’s Rafal Marton will navigate the four respective official Overdrive cars and Brit Jonathon Aston and Venezuelan Daniel Meneses team up with Olholm and Coffaro in the customer cars.

Meanwhile, South African Giniel de Villiers lines-up alongside fellow countryman Duncan Vos in the first of the two Hiluxes built and run by Official Toyota Imperial South Africa Team. German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz and South African Robert Howie complete the Toyota Imperial Team line-up.

"I am very pleased with the evolution and development of the team, both in the number of members and the drivers we have," enthused Overdrive team principal Jean-Marc Fortin. "We are strongly in the position of the second team on the Dakar in terms of entries and product. I decided to stay on as team director instead of working as a co-driver to oversee the evolution of the team. I thank all the guys who have worked so hard over the last three months to finalise our preparations for the Dakar. Let’s all look forward to the race now!"

New regulations imposed by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) this year may play into Toyota’s hands and both Toyota Imperial and Overdrive Racing are relishing the challenge of trying to win the Dakar for the first time.

Alvarez was in impressive form earlier this season and shadowed Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah - a former Dakar winner - to the end of Qatar’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally to seal an Overdrive Toyota one-two finish. He also finished fourth overall with the Toyota in the punishing Silk Way Rally where he was leading for most of the event run across the Russian steppes.

Van Merksteijn made an impressive first appearance for Overdrive in the Italian Baja, but technical problems cost him the chance of a top finish on his pre-Dakar test rally in Morocco. However, after Morocco, the team completed a successful dune test in Dubai to get seat time and both he and co-driver Chevaillier gained valuable experience.

Malysz was one of the most successful ski jumpers in the history of the sport and joins the Overdrive team for the first time on the Dakar. A winner of four individual Olympic and World Championship medals, the 36-year-old - nicknamed the ‘Polish Eagle’ - will be taking part in his second Dakar with co-driver Marton, but his first with a Toyota.

Ruta continues his development year with his Orlen-backed Hilux after finishing fourth on his cross-country debut on the Polish Baja and then following it up with a respectable 12th position on his first marathon event in Morocco. He is looking forward to his biggest challenge yet.

Olholm drove his customer car in October’s six-day Rally of Morocco and finished an impressive eighth. Having cut his teeth on two previous Dakars and in the Australian championship, he is looking to take a step forward in his Hilux.

Coffaro took part in last year’s Dakar and entered the Australian Safari Rally this year with his Toyota. He and co-driver Meneses finished ninth overall and second in category. He is looking for another strong result after being the top privateer on last year’s Dakar.

De Villiers is the most experienced of all the Toyota drivers on the Dakar and formerly drove for the Nissan and Volkswagen works teams, the South African winning the Dakar with the German team in 2009. Toyota Imperial’s lead driver is also a four-time South African Touring Car and Off-road racing champion.

Vos was a rookie on last year’s Dakar - where he finished 10th - and is looking to a top result on this year’s event. Having recently won his fifth South African "ABSA Off-Road Championship", he carries a lot of momentum into the race. After extensive dune testing in the Namibian deserts, he and co-driver Howie are raring to go.

The Overdrive Racing Toyota chassis were built in Belgium in conjunction with Toyota Motorsport South Africa and Hallspeed and are powered by the 4.6-litre V8 engine that conforms to the latest FIA regulations. Overdrive is based at Villers-le-Bouillet, near Huy, in Belgium.

2012/12/18 | 15:51 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PERKINS











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 | NEW




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 | NEW




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 | NEW




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















NEWS & LIVEREPORTS




NEWS & RALLY ARCHIVE




NEWSLETTER










VIDEO CLIP GALLERY




PHOTO LIVE GALLERY




PHOTO DATA & SHOP




YOUTUBE CHANNEL




FIA CC WC CALENDAR




IMPRINT & CONTACT




ADVERTISE ONLINE








RACE-DEZERT.COM




TERENOWO.PL











FACEBOOK GROUP




TWITTER GROUP




DAILYMOTION




RSS LIVE FEED


















HOME | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY STATEMENT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING

Copyright 2003 - 2014 | All rights reserved by marathonrally.com international
London | Hamburg | Saint Petersburg | Kuala Lumpur | Monte-Carlo
Major office: marathonrally.com international | Joern Schekahn
Address: Gluckstr 74 A | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 152 53 54 19 38
Email:
INFO(AT)MARATHONRALLY.COM | Web: MARATHONRALLY.COM