Giniel de Villiers’ participation within the Dakar 2022 is unsure: the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than flying to Saudi Arabia, the place the largest rally will happen from subsequent weekend -raid of the world.
The 49-year-old South African driver is without doubt one of the pillars of the Toyota workforce within the self-discipline, he who received the 2009 version. It’s on this capability that he was entrusted with the important for the event of the brand new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1 + over the previous few months, within the workforce’s workshops in South Africa.
Final Monday, Giniel de Villiers examined optimistic for COVID-19. Dangerous information that prevented him from taking the airplane yesterday with the remainder of the workforce to succeed in Jeddah. Since this primary optimistic take a look at and in keeping with data from Motorsport.com, he underwent six different exams which have been all additionally optimistic, whereas a detrimental end result would have allowed him to board the flight on Sunday to succeed in Saudi Arabia.
A seventh take a look at should be carried out on Monday, whereas in keeping with the Toyota Gazoo Racing workforce, Giniel de Villiers has till December 29, i.e. Wednesday, to succeed in Jeddah and thus have the chance to take part in his 19th Dakar. The Prologue which is able to launch the Dakar 2022 will happen on Saturday January 1st.
In view of this pending state of affairs, Toyota has already activated a plan B. Former driver of the model within the WRC, Kris Meeke is already current in Jeddah, identical to Bernhard Ten Brinke. Each might be another if Giniel de Villiers doesn’t arrive in Saudi Arabia on time.
Toyota Gazoo Racing is coming into three different official T1 + vehicles this 12 months, along with the one which Giniel de Villiers has to share with Dennis Murphy. The producer will subject three-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, South African Henk Lategan for his second participation, and his compatriot Shameer Variawa for a 3rd participation within the occasion.
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