Giniel joins local rally action
RETURN TO RALLYING: Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Ralph Pitchford will race an S2000 Toyota Auris in the SA Rally championship.
Dakar Rally star Giniel de Villiers and his co-driver Ralph Pitchford will race for Toyota in the remainder of the 2012 SA Rally championship.
De Villiers and Pitchford will race one of three S2000 Toyota Auris fally cars starting with the Volkswagen Rally in the Eastern Cape over July 13/14.
Toyota Motorsport’s two other Auris units will continue to be crewed by Johnny Gemmell/Carolyn Swan and Leeroy Poulter/Elvene Coetzee.
Mian sponsor Imperial Toyota CEO Andrew Miller said: "We know how important it is for Giniel to keep his hand in between his Dakar Rally commitments and we look forward to watching him in this exciting form of motor sport, just as he and the rest of the team did so effectively in the Dakar.”
De Villiers was third overall in the 2012 Dakar Rally in the South African-designed and built Toyota Hilux’s first attempt at the world’s longest and toughest motor race.
He said: “I've been keen to get back into rallying after my debut year with Ralph in 2011. We have unfinished business there and were just getting into our stride when the season ended.
“Racing an all-wheel-drive rally car over loose gravel roads at high speed is also a great way to sharpen my driving skills and keep me focused between Dakars.”