It is a first aid for Giniel de Villiers, who regains hope for his participation within the Dakar 2022. This had been unsure for a number of days, the South African driver having contracted COVID-19 firstly of final week. A scenario that prevented him from flying final Sunday to Saudi Arabia similtaneously the remainder of the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa crew.
Examined optimistic on Monday, December 20, the winner of the 2009 Dakar carried out every day assessments whereas ready for one in all them to come back again adverse. Greater than per week later, this adverse take a look at permitting him to journey lastly fell, after a interval of quarantine and uncertainty. That is the primary excellent news which doesn’t but totally guarantee its presence within the 2022 version, as a result of Giniel de Villiers should imperatively arrive in Jeddah by Wednesday on the newest, whereas the Dakar will formally begin on Saturday January 1st.
“Giniel de Villiers has examined adverse and is at the moment on his strategy to Jeddah”, confirmed his crew. “The group of the journey is sophisticated however the crew are assured they’ll discover a strategy to get him right here on time.”
Giniel de Villiers’ presence on this Dakar is invaluable to Toyota, because the 49 driver has been actively concerned within the improvement of the all-new GR DKR Hilux T1 + in current months. His co-driver Dennis Murphy awaits him on web site whereas the producer has deliberate two alternative options within the occasion of a tough blow: Kris Meeke and Bernhard Ten Brinke are in Saudi Arabia and are able to compensate for a doable forfeit.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter a complete of 4 official T1 + with additionally the three-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, the South African Henk Lategan for his second participation, and his compatriot Shameer Variawa for a 3rd participation within the occasion.
“The crew is totally ready for the Dakar and we will not wait to check our new Hilux T1 + in opposition to the competitors”, defined Monday Glyn Corridor, director of the crew. “We’re satisfied that the brand new automotive takes us to a complete new degree, however you by no means know the place you might be till the beginning of a race. We will not wait to get began.”
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