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SA-Dakar 2012: Giniel de Villiers "The beginning of a new challenge for me".







First "Dakar", first Diesel-win for Volkswagen: In 2009 the South African Giniel de Villiers and his German navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz reached the first win with a VW Race Touareg, in the following years they were fighting against their teammates Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al Attiyah. Now Volkswagen is out of the race - but the duo is back: For Toyota South Africa. Arek Kwiecien of [ www.terenowo.pl ] spoke with De Villiers.

Could you give away what has happened in 2011? How did you feel after the decision of Volkswagen Motorsport? How did you find Toyota Imperial (or maybe they found you)?

De Villiers: I was obviously disappointed that Volkswagen withdrew from the Dakar. We only received final confirmation of this decision in June, which did not leave much time to find something else.

The Imperial Toyota entry came together in October and I am very pleased to be working again with Glyn Hall and his team at Toyota Motorsport. He was in charge of Nissan Motorsport when I won my four South African touring car championships and an off road championship and competed in the Dakar Rally. This is the beginning of a new challenge for me.

You have exchanged VW Race Touareg with diesel engine for a brand new Toyota Hilux with petrol engine. How do you feel with that? Could you compare your previous and present car?

De Villiers: Unlike the VW Touareg, the Toyota Hilux is a new car and untested on the Dakar. It has shown great potential in the South African off road championship and also in testing in the Namib Desert. Of course, the petrol engine is a little different to the diesel, but the car is very easy to drive. With the new regulation in 2013, the playing field will be more level between the petrol- and diesel-engined cars.

What do you think about your Toyota? What are the good points and flaws of Hilux? Do you find any similarities with your Nissans from previous years?

De Villiers: The Hilux is a very good car. We still need to do more testing to get to the level of the top cars now, but we are not far off. It’s a lot different to the Nissans we drove then, but Glyn Hall has used all his experience in the Dakar and 10 years of competing in the South African championship to build a strong contender.

Everybody perceives you as one of the main favourite of Dakar 2012. Some experts say that only you can compete with X-Raid Team. What is your opinion?

De Villiers: I hope we will be able to compete with X-Raid, but I think on pure performance we are not quite there yet. We’re in a new car that’s in its first Dakar, so we have to be realistic. It would be a bit much to expect to win first time out. A top five finish would be very good and with a bit of luck we could get on to the podium.

Who will win Dakar Rally 2012? Who will be the most demanding rival for you? What is your opinion on your rivals from Mini, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Great Wall? What do you think about the polish driver - Krzysztof Holowczyc?

De Villiers: The competition is always stiff in the Dakar and this year will be no different. Stéphane Peterhansel is our main rival in the Mini. Krzysztof is a very good driver and has had some good races this year, so he will have a lot of confidence. Of course there are many other good drivers, so it is very difficult to predict a winner. For sure, X-Raid is the big favourite.

Holowczyc said that he misses Volkswagen because it was a tough and demanding rival. It would be still a pleasure for him to compete with VW cars. Do you agree with his opinion? Is Mini All4 Racing better then Volkswagen Race Touareg?

De Villiers: For sure it’s not good that Volkswagen stopped, but that is how it is. The Touareg was the best car, but X-Raid has a very strong package this year.

Have you planned out your strategy for Dakar Rally 2012?

De Villiers: No, not yet. We will decide as the rally progresses.

You have been participating in Dakar Rally for many years. Is there anything that can surprise you in Dakar? Do you fear anything in 2012 edition, for example unknown tracks in Peru?

De Villiers: The Dakar Rally always has surprises, so I don’t expect anything different. For sure Peru will be a new challenge.

What are you going to do after the finish line of Dakar 2012? How are you going to rest?

De Villiers: It depends on our result, but I haven’t planned anything yet.

And what are you going to do during the last weeks before the start of Dakar 2012?

De Villiers: Some training and rest.

What can we wish you?

De Villiers: A safe race, for all the competitors.

2011/12/20 | 14:08 CET | ARTICLE: MR/RRMG/KWIECIEN/TERENOWO.PL


















SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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