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SA-Dakar 2012: Toyota Dakar team completes test - Interview with Glyn Hall.




The Toyota SA team for the 2012 Dakar Rally in South America in January is back in Johannesburg after three and a half days of sand testing in Namibia. Former South African off-road champion and 2009 Dakar Rally winner Giniel de Villiers and four-times SA champion Duncan Vos between them completed more than 1500km in the two racing Hilux double-cabs that will compete in the premier T1 class of the world's longest and toughest motor race.

Team manager Glyn Hall said: "It's been a long and tiring exercise, more than 2400km by road from our home base, in a remote part of Namibia, with the team working from before dawn until after sunset every day."

On Day 2 (Friday) the crew built eight full sets of shock absorbers - 64 dampers in all - while the experts pored over the telemetry to produce an optimum suspension setup and a baseline for fine tuning. On Saturday Giniel de Villiers completed a 70 km dune crossing through soft sand in the heat of the day, but both cars got sand inside their bell housing and onto the clutch. The crew replaced both clutches in service-park conditions - which was a useful exercise under the circumstances.

The suspension settings were finalised on Sunday morning once both De Vos and De Villiers were happy with the Hilux's handling. Engine mapping and transmission settings were also put to bed after one Hilux completed a three-minute, continuous soft sand dune ascent without overheating. Areas that still needed attention, however, included more work on the side shafts and finding a way to prevent sand from getting into the bell housing.

But Hall said: "We've learned a lot and successfully completed a major part of our preparation for the big race in January. If we hadn't gone to Namibia, despite all the testing we've done during the SA Off-Road championship season, we wouldn't be in the strong position we are now. Essentially, we achieved two things: we improved the performance of the racing Hilux and we identified areas we have to work on if we want to achieve the kind of reliability that is required to complete nearly 9000km in Argentina, Chile and Peru, about 5000km of which will be under racing conditions."

"We had sand, dunes, camel grass and rough gravel roads - all in the same area - which gave us very similar conditions to what we can expect in the Dakar Rally. Our secret weapon is Giniel de Villiers. He's regarded as one of the best Dakar drivers and the experience he has been able to share with us and the knowledge gained over the past nine Dakars has been priceless. Duncan Vos, who will be competing in his first Dakar, has been able to cram a lot of learning into a very short space of time."

De Vos agreed: "Driving in the sand and the dunes is not as simple as you might imagine. My lack of experience created a few problems, but I learnt a lot from Giniel."

2011/11/08 | 17:12 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/TOYOTA











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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 |




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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 |




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