Toyota chooses stability. The producer will discipline the identical 4 drivers for the Dakar 2022: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers, Henk Lategan and Shameer Variawa. Rumors evoked a return of Al-Attiyah and his co-driver Mathieu Baumel at MINI however the one who led the Hilux to victory two years in the past will stay subsequent season, for the launch of the brand new model unveiled on Wednesday.
“I’m very blissful to stick with Toyota Gazoo Racing for the Dakar 2022”, declares the Qatari, second within the 2021 version behind Stéphane Peterhansel. “We gained the race collectively in 2019 and our new weapon is coming. I believe we’ve probability, particularly with the brand new GT DKR Hilux T1 +, which is clearly quicker and extra environment friendly than the earlier one.”
The one modifications to notice can be on the facet of sure co-drivers. Dennis Murphy will now help de Villiers, Alex Haro having joined Prodrive to accompany Nani Rona. In the course of the Dakar 2021, Murphy shared the Hilux of Variawa, which could have Danie Stassen by his facet subsequent yr.
Toyota will be capable to draw on the expertise of Al-Attiyah and de Villiers, two former winners, and on two South African hopes. Lategan shocked for his debut in 2021, making the to prime three within the third and fourth levels, earlier than retiring the subsequent day on account of an accident. Variawa took 21st place this yr for his second begin on probably the most well-known rally-raider.
“We’re delighted to announce a group similar to that of final yr”, underlines Glyn Corridor, the boss of the Toyota group on the Dakar. “With Nasser and Giniel on board, in addition to Henk gaining in confidence, we’re desperate to compete within the 2022 version of the Dakar. Our new GR DKR Hilux T1 + is progressing effectively and we’re assured that the automobile will permit us to compete within the subsequent degree subsequent January. “
Giniel de Villiers additionally feels that the Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1 + will provide the model higher probabilities in opposition to buggies and Audi’s new electrical mannequin: “The Dakar is among the hardest races on the planet however it fits our new Hilux completely”, estimates the winner of the 2009 version. “The brand new wheels, new suspension and the swap to the Land Cruiser’s turbo gasoline engine are going to make an enormous distinction. The engine is especially responsive and permits us to push the brand new automobile to its limits.”