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Shoichiro Toyoda, 1925-2023

Brussels, 14 February 2023 – It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing today of Toyota Motor Corporation Honorary Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda at the age of 97. Dr Toyoda, who was the son of the company’s founder Kiichiro Toyoda, began his career with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1952 having earlier graduated from Nagoya University with a degree in engineering. He later earned an engineering doctorate, writing his thesis on the subject of fuel injection.

Dr Toyoda served in many posts during his long career in which automotive technology, quality control were primary emphases. He became managing director in 1961 and following promotions to senior managing director in 1967, and executive vice president in 1972, he was named president of Toyota’s sales organisation in 1981. Following the merger of the sales and production organisations in 1982 he became president of the newly integrated TMC, serving later as chairman of the board between 1992 and 1999. Dr Toyoda served on the board for 57 years and assumed the position of honorary chairman in 2009 until his death.

Dr Toyoda is the father of the current president and CEO, Akio Toyoda, his eldest son. The funeral service will be for close family members only. Toyota Motor Corporation will hold a farewell gathering at a later date.

Please refer to the download section for full profile of Dr Toyoda’s non-TMC posts, awards and citations.


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HINO ADDS TO ITS AMAZING RELIABILITY RECORD IN 2023 DAKAR RALLY

 

Hino continued with its amazing run of finishing in the gruelling Dakar Rally when a fourwheel drive 600 Series with a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain finished 10th in the 45th running of the world’s toughest motor sport event, which took place in Saudi Arabia from 31st December 2022 to 15th January 2023

Interestingly, Hino was again the only Japanese truck manufacturer to enter this demanding two-week event which included far more daunting sand dunes than ever before which took a heavy toll on competitors.

The singleton Hino, entered by the Hino Sugawara Team with its all-Japanese crew of Teruhito Sugawara (driver), Hirokazu Somemiya (co-driver) and Yuji Mochizuki (mechanic), finished 10th out of an original field of 56 trucks. It also won the class for trucks with engines under 10 litres in capacity.

This was Teruhito Sugawara’s 23rd Dakar Rally, 16 of them as a driver and five as co-driver to his father. He has now won the under 10-litre class 14 times. His highest position was taking second place in 2001.

Hino has taken part in every Dakar Rally since 1991 with a best result being a clean sweep of the first three positions overall in 1997. The reliability record it has built up over 31 Dakar Rallies is that at least one Hino has finished the rally each year it has taken part. This year’s entry was a much-improved version of the Hino diesel-electric hybrid truck that raced in the 2022 Dakar Rally where it finished 22nd on debut.

The truck is a bonneted 600 Series, the type sold in North America. Under the skin it is similar to the four-wheel drive version of the 500 Series, which has been a strong seller in South Africa for many years.

As earlier alluded, the just ended Dakar Rally started in Sea Camp on the shores of the Red Sea and lasted for sixteen (16) days in Damman on the other side of the Arabian Peninsula. The route of 8 549 km included 4 706 km of timed special stages, made up of a prologue and then 14 days of racing.


SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAKAR VICTORY FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver, Mathieu Baumel, successfully defended the Dakar title they won for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) in 2022, when they brought their GR DKR Hilux T1+ over the finish line of the final stage of Dakar 2023 on 15 January. The pair lost 5min 41sec to the stage winners, but that hardly mattered, as they sealed the overall victory with a winning margin of 1hr 20min 49sec.

The final stage of Dakar 2023 was a 136km-long test that started from the bivouac at Al-Hofuf. Competitors had to complete a short liaison of 167km before taking on Stage 14, which was then followed by a final liaison of 100km to the finish podium in the coastal city of Dammam.

For Nasser, this was his fifth win in the Dakar Rally, while Mathieu’s tally is now four victories. The pair have won three times for Toyota, with the latest victories coming in a back-to-back display of quality, durability and reliability for the Japanese manufacturer. The pair took over the lead of the event on Stage 2, and never relinquished that position.

Giniel de Villiers, who completed his twentieth consecutive Dakar Rally when he crossed the finish line near Dammam, ended the rally in 4th place in the overall standings. This result brings his total number of Top 5 finishes to 15, including one victory in 2009. The South African has only finished outside the Top 10 on one occasion, and his performance in the 2023 Dakar Rally underscores the toughness and tenacity of one of the Dakar Rally’s true veteran racers. Together with co-driver Dennis Murphy, Giniel finished this year’s 45th edition of the rally 2hr 31min 12sec in arrears.

Dakar 2023 will long be remembered by Henk Lategan and co-driver Brett Cummings as a race that could have turned out very differently for them. They moved as high as 2nd place in the overall standings, before two setbacks pushed them down the order. The pair showed great pace throughout the rally, and will be hoping for a truer reflection of their speed in future editions. Even so, they finished in 5th place overall, less than 5min behind their teammates in fourth.

Toyota dominated the Dakar 2023 results, with the works TGR crews finishing 1st, 4th and 5th. A privately entered Toyota Hilux T1+ in the hands of the young Brazilian, Lucas Moraes, added to the Japanese manufacturer’s tally, by finishing in third place overall. This was Lucas’ first attempt at the Dakar Rally, though he had an experienced co-driver in the form of Timo Gottschalk beside him in the car.

In terms of the 2023 World Rally-Raid Championship, of which the Dakar Rally was the opening round, Nasser and Mathieu amassed a total of 85 points. This means they trail the log leaders by just two points after Round 1 of the five-round championship. Toyota is in 2nd place in the Manufacturers’ championship, just a single point behind the leaders. The next race is the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which takes place during the last week of February.

QUOTES:
Glyn Hall, TGR Dakar Team Principal: “What a day for our entire team! Winning Dakar is something memorable, but winning the world’s toughest race twice in a row is simply extraordinary. My sincere thanks to every member of our team, every one of our sponsors and, of course, our drivers and co-drivers, who delivered a stunning result. I’m really proud of our GR DKR Hilux T1+, which has proven yet again that it is reliable and durable enough to not only complete the world’s roughest automotive race, but to do so two years in a row.”

Alain Dujardyn, TGR W2RC Team Principal: “I would like to start by thanking all three our race crews wholeheartedly. To Nasser and Mathieu; Giniel and Dennis; and Henk and Brett, my sincere thanks for your relentless efforts from the opening stage. Your dedication to defending our title ensured that the Dakar trophy has come to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing once again. Today’s Dakar Rally victory was a massive step in our W2RC journey. The points for overall victory cannot be underestimated, especially given the fierceness of this championship. As with the Dakar itself, we’re looking to defend our title in the W2RC, and while we leave from Saudi Arabia trailing our nearest competitors by a small margin, we are confident that we will be able to put up a good fight during the remainder of the year.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “This in amazing feeling! I have to thank so many people, starting with every member of our team. It was a tough two weeks, but to be able to come back and defend our title is fantastic! I’m really proud of our GR DKR Hilux T1+, and to win the race three times with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is truly something special.”

Giniel de Villiers: “The Dakar is always full of challenges, and we certainly had our share of challenges this year. Of course, it could’ve been better for us, but then many competitors can probably say the same. It would have been nice to be on the podium, but overall, as a manufacturer, Toyota has every reason to be proud. I think this result has just proven the reliability of the Hilux once again, and we again managed to showcase this amazing car in Saudi Arabia this year.”

Henk Lategan: “Dakar 2023 has been a rollercoaster for us. It has been a tough two weeks for us, with some extremely good days; but also some disappointing ones. It does feel good to be in the Top 5 after such a tough Dakar, and I think they’ve thrown everything at us this year. With that in mind, it feels fantastic to be at the end of the race, and while we’ll always wonder what might have been, we are very happy to bring the car home in a good position.”

DAKAR 2023: Final Standings

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 45H 03′ 15”  
2 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 46H 24′ 04” + 01H 20′ 49”
3 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 46H 41′ 46” + 01H 38′ 31”
4 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 47H 34′ 27” + 02H 31′ 12”
5 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 47H 39′ 38” + 02H 36′ 23”


2023 Dakar Winners

It is official Nasser and Mathieu have taken the #Dakar2023 title.
Followed by #TGR teammates Giniel / Dennis in 4th and Henk / Brett in 5th.


CLEAN RUNS IN DAKAR MARATHON STAGE

 

    • Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel maintain lead of more than 1hr 20min

    • Three stages remain in Dakar 2023

    • Out-leg of Marathon Stage completed successfully

Stage 11 of the 2023 Dakar Rally saw competitors race away from the bivouac at Shaybah, in the southeastern part of Saudi Arabia, to a remote bivouac in the Empty Quarter. The competitors have no technical support at the remote bivouac, and have to affect any repairs needed to their cars themselves. However, all three TOYOTA GAZOO Racing crews reported clean runs in their GR DKR Hilux T1+ race cars, bringing a sigh of relief to the entire team.

The fastest of the TGR crews over the 275km-long Stage 11 was overall race leaders, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel. The defending champions were 5th-fastest on the day, trailing the stage winners by just 6min 42sec. Their lead over the second-placed crew is currently 1hr 21min 04sec, with three stages remaining in this year’s race.

Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings continued their good form on Stage 11, recording another faultless stage. The pair are in fourth place overall, and relinquished 7min 22sec to the winners on the stage down to the remote bivouac in the Empty Quarter. Their deficit to the leaders is 1hr 49min 17sec, and they are within 19min of a podium position, despite losing significant time with a broken damper earlier in the rally.

The final TGR pairing of Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy were plagued by punctures earlier in the race, but now that the terrain has become sandier, they have been recording clean stages. On the stage to the Empty Quarter, they went 6th-fastest, 10min 04sec behind the stage winners. They remain in 5th overall, 2hr 14min 18sec behind Nasser and Mathieu.

Next up is Stage 12, which will see the competitors return to the Shaybah bivouac via a timed section of 185. There will also be a closing liaison of 167km, joining the end of the stage to the encampment.

For TGR, all three GR DKR Hilux T1+ race cars have now completed more than 7,000 kilometres, with very few technical challenges. Notably, the standard 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6 engine from the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has remained fully reliable despite the extreme terrain and conditions, testimony to the quality, durability and reliability that is part of Toyota’s DNA.

Stage 12 is one of the three closing stages of the race, with Stage 13 taking the rally from Shaybah to Al-Hofuf. This will be followed by the final stage from Hofuf to the coastal city of Dammam on January 15th, bringing the 45th edition of the Dakar Rally to a close after 14 tough stages.

QUOTES:

Glyn Hall, TGR Dakar Team Principal: “The great news today is that all three our cars got through the first part of the Marathon Stage without any drama – always a worry at this point in the race. Nasser maintained his lead comfortably, while Henk and Giniel posted solid stage results to hold steady in their respective positions in the overall standings. Next up is the wait to see them back here in the bivouac at Shaybah, following Stage 12.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Everything went to plan today for us. We don’t have to push at all, since we have enough time in hand, so the main goal today was to make sure the car is in perfect condition for tomorrow.”

Giniel de Villiers: “There were some tricky dune crossings in the stage, but overall things went okay for us. We just tried to have a clean run and not make any mistakes, and we’re happy to be here at the remote bivouac without any problems.”

Henk Lategan: “It was tricky in the dunes, and we decided to take it easy today. We’ve still been learning more about the dunes, so the last few days have been difficult for us, and we expect more of the same for the next few days. We’re just taking it easy and gaining experience at this point.”

DAKAR 2023: Stage 11 Results

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 02H 56′ 14”  
2 206 (FRA) GUERLAIN CHICHERIT(FRA) ALEX WINOCQ GCK MOTORSPORT 02H 58′ 30” + 00H 02′ 16”
3 211 (SWE) MATTIAS EKSTROM(SWE) EMIL BERGKVIST TEAM AUDI SPORT 02H 58′ 40” + 00H 02′ 26”
4 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 03H 02′ 26” + 00H 06′ 12”
5 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux t1+ 03H 02′ 56” + 00H 06′ 42”
6 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR dkr hilux t1+ 03H 03′ 36” + 00H 07′ 22”
7 202 (SAU) YAZEED AL RAJHI(DEU) DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ OVERDRIVE RACING 03H 05′ 07” + 00H 08′ 53”
8 209 (FRA) MATHIEU SERRADORI(FRA) LOIC MINAUDIER CENTURY RACING FACTORY TEAM 03H 06′ 06” + 00H 09′ 52”
9 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGgr dkr hilux t1+ 03H 06′ 18” + 00H 10′ 04”
10 210 (CZE) MARTIN PROKOP(CZE) VIKTOR CHYTKA ORLEN BENZINA TEAM 03H 06′ 53” + 00H 10′ 39”

DAKAR 2023: Standings after Stage 11

POS. CREWS TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 39H 16′ 33”  
2 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 40H 37′ 37” + 01H 21′ 04”
3 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 40H 47′ 14” + 01H 30′ 41”
4 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 41H 05′ 50” + 01H 49′ 17”
5 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 41H 30′ 51” + 02H 14′ 18”
6 210 (CZE) MARTIN PROKOP(CZE) VIKTOR CHYTKA ORLEN BENZINA TEAM 42H 10′ 32” + 02H 53′ 59”
7 231 (FRA) ROMAIN DUMAS(FRA) MAX DELFINO REBELLION RACING 42H 20′ 27” + 03H 03′ 54”
8 216 (ZAF) BRIAN BARAGWANATH(ZAF) LEONARD CREMER CENTURY RACING FACTORY TEAM 42H 41′ 04” + 03H 24′ 31”
9 224 (CHN) WEI HAN(CHN) MA LI HANWEI MOTORSPORT TEAM 43H 10′ 40” + 03H 54′ 07”
10 220 (ARG) JUAN CRUZ YACOPINI(ESP) DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS OVERDRIVE RACING 43H 25′ 04” + 04H 08′ 31”

source: https://motorpress.co.za//


NASSER AND MATHIEU IN CONTROL AS EMPTY QUARTER STAGES BEGIN

 

    • Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel maintain overall lead in Dakar 2023

    • Clean stages by Henk Lategan/Brett Cummings and Giniel de Villiers/Dennis Murphy

    • Marathon Stage starts with Stage 11

The 2023 Dakar Rally moved to the much-feared Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia on Stage 10, as competitors tackled a short, sharp stage of only 114km. However, all the crews reported that the stage was unexpectedly difficult, with the winners requiring 1hr 48min 32sec to complete the gruelling stage. Nasser and Mathieu recorded the 4th-fastest time of the day in their GR DKR Hilux T1+, finishing 5min 45sec behind the winners. This allowed them to maintain their position at the head of the field without any problems.

They rested easy in the knowledge that teammates Giniel and Dennis were close behind them, carrying some spare parts in case the overall leaders required support. For the South African pairing, this role required them to allow Nasser and Mathieu to pass them early in the stage, as Giniel and Dennis were ahead on the road. Despite holding back during the opening part of the stage, they still went 22nd-fastest, losing just 12min 24sec to the winners on the day. They remain in 5th place overall, having extended their buffer to the crew behind them during Stage 10.

For Henk and Brett, Stage 10 brought an opportunity to strike back after the difficulties they experienced on Stage 9. However, the stage proved tougher than expected, with many tricky sections to negotiate. They had a clean run, recording the 9th-fastest time, just 7min 59sec behind the winners. They now find themselves holding steady in fourth overall, 1hr 48min 37sec behind the lead.

Lucas Moraes and Timo Gottschalk, driving a privately entered version of the Toyota Hilux T1+ are still in second place overall, 15min 49sec ahead of the crew in third place. They were third-fastest on Stage 10, relinquishing only 5min 22sec to the chasing pack.

Only four stages remain in the 2023 Dakar Rally, with Stage 11 representing the ‘out-leg’ of the Marathon Stage. The 275km-long stage will see the competitors race away from the main bivouac near Shaybah, to a remote encampment where they will have no service crew to support them – any work or repairs that need to be done on the cars has to be done by the driver and co-driver themselves, with the assistance of only fellow competitors. Stage 12 will see the competitors return to the main bivouac for a normal service at the end of the day.

The penultimate stage of the rally stretches from Shaybah to Al-Hofuf, along the Saudi border with the United Arab Emirates, before the final stage takes the rally from Al-Hofuf to the coastal city of Dammam on January 15th. 

QUOTES:

Glyn Hall, TGR Dakar Team Principal: “Today, all three our crews did exactly what was required of them. Nasser and Mathieu kept out of trouble, maintaining their position at the top. At the same time, Henk and Brett recorded a good stage result, so they’ll have a better road position tomorrow. Finally, Giniel and Dennis played a perfect supporting role to Nasser and Mathieu, but even so, their stage result was very good.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Yes, it was a short stage, but it was a tough one! It took us a long time to complete the stage, but I’m happy to be into the proper dunes now. I also think today was a good test day for the next two days, and we know exactly what we need to do for the Marathon Stage. But the most important step today was to finish the stage without any problems, which is exactly what we did.”

Giniel de Villiers: “A tough stage! Never let a short stage fool you. This was only a 114km stage, but 114km in this terrain isn’t easy at all, and it required full concentration throughout. In the beginning we took it easy in order to let Nasser past, and after that we really just followed him through to the end of the stage. There was some dust in the middle of the stage, but nothing major. Today’s stage gave us a good indication of what to expect over the next few days.

Henk Lategan: “Not an easy stage at all, full of dunes. Very tricky, and the tracks of the guys ahead didn’t really help, as the track was already churned up badly. Even so, I’m glad we managed to get through the first proper dune stage.”

DAKAR 2023: Stage 10 Results

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 01H 48′ 32”  
2 211 (SWE) MATTIAS EKSTROM(SWE) EMIL BERGKVIST TEAM AUDI SPORT 01H 51′ 36” + 00H 03′ 04”
3 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 01H 53′ 54” + 00H 05′ 22”
4 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR Hilux T1+ 01H 54′ 17” + 00H 05′ 45”
5 202 (SAU) YAZEED AL RAJHI(DEU) DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ OVERDRIVE RACING 01H 54′ 33” + 00H 06′ 01”
6 203 (POL) JAKUB PRZYGONSKI(ESP) ARMAND MONLEON X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 01H 54′ 46” + 00H 06′ 14”
7 301 (USA) SETH QUINTERO(DEU) DENNIS ZENZ RED BULL OFF-ROAD JR TEAM USA BY BFG 01H 55′ 17” + 00H 06′ 45”
8 322 (CHL) IGNACIO CASALE(CHL) ALVARO LEON X-RAID YAMAHA SUPPORTED TEAM 01H 55′ 54” + 00H 07′ 22”
9 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR Hilux T1+ 01H 56′ 31” + 00H 07′ 59”
10 319 (PRT) HELDER RODRIGUES(PRT) GONCALO REIS SOUTH RACING CAN-AM 01H 58′ 03” + 00H 09′ 31”
22 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR Hilux T1+ 02H 00′ 56” + 00H 12′ 24”

DAKAR 2023: Standings after Stage 10

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 36H 13′ 37”  
2 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 37H 35′ 11” + 01H 21′ 34”
3 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 37H 51′ 00” + 01H 37′ 23”
4 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 38H 02′ 14” + 01H 48′ 37”
5 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 38H 24′ 33” + 02H 10′ 56”
6 231 (FRA) ROMAIN DUMAS(FRA) MAX DELFINO REBELLION RACING 38H 59′ 01” + 02H 45′ 24”
7 210 (CZE) MARTIN PROKOP(CZE) VIKTOR CHYTKA ORLEN BENZINA TEAM 39H 03′ 39” + 02H 50′ 02”
8 216 (ZAF) BRIAN BARAGWANATH(ZAF) LEONARD CREMER CENTURY RACING FACTORY TEAM 39H 10′ 05” + 02H 56′ 28”
9 224 (CHN) WEI HAN(CHN) MA LI HANWEI MOTORSPORT TEAM 39H 56′ 59” + 03H 43′ 22”
10 220 (ARG) JUAN CRUZ YACOPINI(ESP) DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS OVERDRIVE RACING 40H 14′ 12” + 04H 00′ 35”

source: https://motorpress.co.za//


Solid results for TGR teams on Stage 9

Stage 9 updates

    • Significant time loss for Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings on Stage 9

    • Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel hold steady at head of standings

    • Clean stage for Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy

Stage 9 of the 2023 Dakar Rally brought solid results for Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel; as well as Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy. But for Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings, it was a stage to forget, despite the exemplary sportsmanship and camaraderie shown by Toyota Hilux T1+ privateers, Yazeed Al Rajhi and co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz. By the time the dust had settled over Stage 9, Nasser and Mathieu had retained their lead; Giniel and Dennis had completed a clean stage; and Henk and Brett had relinquished two spots in the overall standings.

For Henk and Brett, second after eight stages of this year’s race, the day went wrong early in the ninth stage, between the Saudi capital of Riyadh and the southern town of Haradh. The pair started the stage as the 4th car into the stage, but just 18km in, they suffered a hard landing after crossing a dune. The car was still carrying a heavy fuel load, which may have been a contributing factor in the left rear damper breaking. This would normally require the crew to wait for support from the chasing truck, but for the GR DKR Hilux T1+ crew, relief came from an unexpected source.

Yazeed Al Rajhi and Dirk von Zitzewitz had run high up the order early in the race but fell foul to a damaged wheel hub in Stage 6, effectively removing them from the race for the podium. The privateers stopped to assist the stricken TGR crew, stripping the damper out of their own car, so that the factory team could continue. The process cost Henk and Brett nearly 50min, but they were able to get back up to full race pace, completing the stage in 63rd place. This dropped them down from second place after the first eight stages, to fourth place in the general ranking. They are now 1hr 46min 23sec behind Nasser and Mathieu, and only 3min behind the competitor ahead of him in third place.

For Giniel and Dennis, Stage 9 brought a clean run at last. The pair had been plagued by punctures early in multiple stages, forcing them into ‘survival mode’, costing significant time loss. The sandy terrain of Stage 9, however, seems to have worked in their favour, as the TGR crew went 7th-fastest on the stage, losing 8min 55sec to the stage winners on the day. This means that they retain their 5th place in the overall standings, with five tough stages in the Empty Quarter to come.

Race leaders Nasser and Mathieu drove another steady stage, finding a good rhythm and measured pace, despite the many water crossings that marked Stage 9. The TGR crew were meant to start the stage as the second car on the road, but the competitor ahead of them missed their start time, forcing Nasser and Mathieu to open the road. They did a perfect job of this, and were just 3sec slower over the 359km-long stage than Giniel and Dennis, maintaining a comfortable 1hr 21min 57sec lead to second place in the overall ranking.

With Henk and Brett moving down the order to fourth place, Brazil’s Lucas Moraes, driving a privately entered Toyota Hilux T1+ together with co-driver Timo Gottschalk, have moved up into second place in the overall standings. The Dakar rookie driver and his experienced navigator are having a dream rally so far, and they’ll be hoping for similar results as the event shifts into the sands of the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia.

Stage 10 is the first of a series of short, sharp stages that mark the second week of the race. This one starts in the town of Haradh, with a long liaison of 467km. This will be followed by a stage of 114km, and a final liaison of 42km, bringing the drivers and co-drivers to the bivouac at Shaybah, where the support crews will remain encamped for three days, while the competitors complete the Empty Quarter Marathon Stages. The race will conclude in the city of Dammam on January 15th after fourteen Stages.

QUOTES:

Glyn Hall, TGR Dakar Team Principal: “It was a very disappointing day for Henk and Brett, losing a lot of time with a broken damper. But we are very grateful to Yazeed and Dirk, who stopped to give the TGR crew a damper from their own car – truly amazing sportsmanship. Nasser and Mathieu had a good day, maintaining their lead at the head of the field, while Giniel and Dennis finally completed a stage without a single puncture. Overall, we’re still in a strong position, despite Henk and Brett losing so much time.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “I’m quite happy to finish this stage, as it was not an easy one. We didn’t push at all today, aiming instead just to bring the car home without any problem. We had a lot of water crossings to deal with, which wasn’t straight-forward, but here we are at the finish, and I’m quite happy.”

Giniel de Villiers: “Overall, it was a reasonably good stage for us, as we didn’t have to get out of the car. We struggled a little bit to find the one waypoint, but nothing major, so we’re happy with the day.”

Henk Lategan: “It was a bad stage for us today. Not far from the start, we went over a steep dune with a step-down. At the bottom of the dune, one of our dampers broke, and we knew we were in big trouble. We might have lost hours, were it not for Yazeed Al Rajhi and Dirk von Zitzewitz, who stopped with us. They very graciously stripped the damper out of their own car, and helped us install it in ours. We still lost a lot of time, but Yazeed and Dirk were truly amazing, and we are very grateful to both of them. At least we are still in the race, still in the Top 5, and ready to fight on.”

DAKAR 2023: Stage 9 Results

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 03H 07′ 24”  
2 213 (LTU) VAIDOTAS ZALA(PRT) PAULO FIUZA TELTONIKA RACING. 03H 08′ 21” + 00H 00′ 57”
3 206 (FRA) GUERLAIN CHICHERIT(FRA) ALEX WINOCQ GCK MOTORSPORT 03H 09′ 32” + 00H 02′ 08”
4 211 (SWE) MATTIAS EKSTROM(SWE) EMIL BERGKVIST TEAM AUDI SPORT 03H 12′ 35” + 00H 05′ 11”
5 231 (FRA) ROMAIN DUMAS(FRA) MAX DELFINO REBELLION RACING 03H 15′ 02” + 00H 07′ 38”
6 203 (POL) JAKUB PRZYGONSKI(ESP) ARMAND MONLEON X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 03H 15′ 47” + 00H 08′ 23”
7 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 03H 16′ 19” + 00H 08′ 55”
8 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 03H 16′ 22” + 00H 08′ 58”
9 212 (ARG) SEBASTIAN HALPERN(ARG) BERNARDO GRAUE X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM 03H 17′ 32” + 00H 10′ 08”
10 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 03H 17′ 57” + 00H 10′ 33”
63 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR HILUX T1+ 03H 58′ 59” + 00H 51′ 35”

DAKAR 2023: Standings after Stage 9

POS. CREW TEAM TIME VARIATION
1 200 (QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH(FRA) MATHIEU BAUMEL TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 34H 19′ 20”  
2 230 (BRA) LUCAS MORAES(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK OVERDRIVE RACING 35H 41′ 17” + 01H 21′ 57”
3 201 (FRA) SEBASTIEN LOEB(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN BAHRAIN RAID XTREME 36H 02′ 28” + 01H 43′ 08”
4 217 (ZAF) HENK LATEGAN(ZAF) BRETT CUMMINGS TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 36H 05′ 43” + 01H 46′ 23”
5 205 (ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGGR DKR Hilux T1+ 36H 23′ 37” + 02H 04′ 17”
6 231 (FRA) ROMAIN DUMAS(FRA) MAX DELFINO REBELLION RACING 36H 45′ 11” + 02H 25′ 51”
7 210 (CZE) MARTIN PROKOP(CZE) VIKTOR CHYTKA ORLEN BENZINA TEAM 37H 04′ 56” + 02H 45′ 36”
8 216 (ZAF) BRIAN BARAGWANATH(ZAF) LEONARD CREMER CENTURY RACING FACTORY TEAM 37H 07′ 26” + 02H 48′ 06”
9 224 (CHN) WEI HAN(CHN) MA LI HANWEI MOTORSPORT TEAM 37H 51′ 35” + 03H 32′ 15”
10 220 (ARG) JUAN CRUZ YACOPINI(ESP) DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS OVERDRIVE RACING 38H 12′ 12” + 03H 52′ 52”

source:  https://motorpress.co.za//


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