PISCO, Peru - Toyota Motorsport’s Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Imperial Toyota Hilux #301) and Duncan Vos and Rob Howie (Imperial Toyota Hilux #312) successfully negotiated the first day of the 15-day 2013 Dakar Rally in South America on Saturday, finishing ninth and 13th overall respectively in the car category.Dakar stage 1 galleryThe 34th running of the world’s longest and toughest motor race started in Lima on the Pacific west coast of Peru and took the 449-strong entry of cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads south on a 250km liaison section to Pisco. The day ended with a 13-kilometre special stage in the sand dunes on the outskirts of the coastal town of Pisco.'QUITE AN EASY STAGE'2009 Dakar winners Villiers and Zitzewitz completed the special stage in 8min15, 35sec behind the winners, 2010 Dakar winner Carlos Sainz of Spain and Timo Gottschalk of Germany in a buggy.Current South African Off-Road champions Vos and Howie came home 44sec in arrears.Villiers, competing in his 10th Dakar and is second in the South African-built Hilux, said: “It was quite an easy stage, not much more than a warm-up for the more serious challenges that lie ahead.He’s referred to as “the quiet South African” and is rated by race favourite and 2012 winner Stephane Peterhansel of France as “the driver to beat”.Peterhansel, driving a Mini with compatriot Jean Paul Cottret, was eighth on Saturday’s opening stage, one second ahead of De Villiers. Vos, competing in his second Dakar after he and Howie finished 10th in 2012 in an Imperial Hilux, was relieved the race was finally under way.NOW FOR SUNDAY...“It’s been a long build-up with a lot of preparation and hard work by the whole team. It’s great to be back and we’re looking forward to the serious business of taking on the Dakar and reaching the finish in Santiago in Chile on January 20.”Sunday’s 242km second special stage will follow an 85km liaison section and will see competitors immediately thrown a stiff challenge of sand dunes and hot temperatures.They will return to Pisco for a second night.DAY 1 RESULTS Dakar Rally results after Saturday (Jan 5 2013) opening stage (263km/13km timed) from Lima to PiscoCars1 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Buggy) 7min402 Lucio Alvarez (ARG/Toyota) +8sec3 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA/SMG) +10sec4 Nasser al-Attiyah (QAT/Buggy) +10sec5 Ronan Chabot (FRA/SMG) +12sec6 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL/Mini) +34sec7 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS/Mini) +34sec8 Stephane Peterhansel (SUI/Mini) +34sec9 Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +35sec10 Nani Roma (ESP/Mini) +37secBikes1 Francisco Lopez (CHI/KTM) 7min512 Frans Verhoeven (NED/Yamaha) +1sec3 Pablo Quintanilla (CHI/Honda) +5sec4 Patricio Cabrera (CHI/Kawasaki) +11sec5 Cyril Despres (FRA/KTM) +13sec6 David Casteu (FRA/Yamaha) +15sec7 Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) +19sec8 Javier Pizzolito (ARG/Honda) +21sec9 Pal Ullevalseter (NOR/KTM) +26sec10 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Husqvarna) +29secWheels24 will be following the 'Dakar' rally throughout the race. Keep up with things on our Dakar Rally section.