Written by Evan Rothman – At the Johannesburg International Motor Show today, Toyota South Africa announced their Dakar Rally ambitions. The Imperial Toyota South Africa Dakar Team will contest the marathon event with Hilux machines in the endurance race that starts on 1 January 2012 and crosses Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Headed by Glyn Hall, the mastermind behind Nissan South Africa’s participation in the Dakar Rally in previous years, Toyota Motorsport South Africa will see Duncan Vos and Giniel de Villiers headlining the team. Both are experienced Dakar Rally competitors and familiar with Hall as they both formed part of his South African Touring Car team, Nissan off-road racing team in the South African National Off-Road Racing Championship and then entrants in the Dakar Rally. De Villiers famously went on to win the Dakar Rally in 2009 in the Volkswagen Race Touareg for the German factory team.
After a year in the South African Rally Championship behind the steering wheel of a Volkswagen Polo S2000, De Villiers has kept his racing skills honed. Meanwhile, Vos has fought bravely in the South African National Off-Road Racing Championship for the Castrol Toyota Hilux squad.