Getting dirty in the Dakar

Riley Riley

What a great pic! The Toyota HiLux in action in this year’s Dakar Rally.

The Hilux has demonstrated its strength by taking a third stage victory in the 40th Dakar rally, the world’s toughest motorsport event.

Toyota GAZOO Racing SA driver Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Michel Perin dominated the stage to win by 4m 35s ahead of a trio of works buggies.

Ten Brinke led virtually throughout the four-hour 280km 11th stage from Belén to Fiambalá in Argentina.

“It is a fantastic feeling to win one of the toughest stages on the Dakar, and I’m extremely pleased with the way Michel and I are working together in the car,” he said.

Teammates Nasser Al Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers finished fifth and sixth, maintaining the HiLux team’s top-three stranglehold in the 4×4 class for naturally aspirated petrol vehicles.

Dakar 2018, which covers more than 4500km of competition through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, ends on January 20 in Cordoba, Argentina.

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