Made-in-SA racing Hilux wins first leg of Cross-Country World Cup
Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (left) and Matthieu Baume defended their title in the FIA Cross-Country World Cup circuit in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in a Made-in-SA Hilux last week. The five-day race was Round Two of the World Cup and Al-Attiyah piloted the Toyota Hilux, built at Toyota South Africa Motors’ motorsport HQ at Hallspeed near Kyalami, to a 32-minute victory and the top of this year’s World Cup standings. They are now looking forward to racing the Toyota in Qatar for another five days from Sunday. The Toyota Hilux that Al-Attiyah drove on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was the same vehicle that finished third in this year’s Dakar Rally, in the hands of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz.