Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - PHOTOFOCUS -

Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing South Africa’s Giniel de Vil­liers and Dirk von Zitze­witch make their way through the Mon­go­lian Desert on the re­cent Rally of China. The Toy­ota Hilux crew had a roller­coaster event, which serves as prepa­ra­tion for the Dakar Rally in Jan­uary. They started off strongly, but dropped back fol­low­ing some nav­i­ga­tional is­sues. But then the lead­ers also had trou­ble, and the Toy­ota team landed up in the lead. But that lead was not to last: on the penul­ti­mate stage Giniel and Dirk hit a huge rock that was hid­ing un­sighted be­hind a dune. The dam­age was too se­vere, and the Hilux had to be re­cov­ered from the desert.

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