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2013-12-18 11:06

LEADING THE CHARGE: South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers will once again take on the arduous Dakar Rally in South America. Image: MOTORPRESS

Four South African teams will compete in the 2014 Dakar Rally in vehicles designed and built on local shores. Leading the charge will be veterans Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz.


De Villiers/Von Zitzewitzo have scored podium finishes and will be competing in an Imperial Toyota Hilux. The pair will be joined by Dakar debutant Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie in a second Hilux built and prepared by Toyota Motorsport South Africa under the guidance of team principal Glyn Hall.


Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst will make their Dakar debut in a Ford Ranger designed and built in the automaker’s Pietermaritzburg workshop, operated by Ford principal and former SA champion Neil Woolridge.

A second Ford Ranger will be campaigned by South American crew Lucio Alvarez and co-driver Ronnie Graue.


The SA contingent will be completed by Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr in a Toyota Hilux previously used in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship. Rundle and Mohr won free entry to the 2014 Dakar with victory in the 2013 Dakar Challenge, part of the Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race.

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