NORTH WEST TEST RUN FOR DAKAR HILUX
TOYOTA Gazoo Racing SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz were also in action in the Sun City 450 — albeit in an unofficial capacity to test the new Toyota Hilux Evo during the event, though they weren’t able to score points or assist their team-mates in any way. “The goal with the Toyota Hilux Evo was really for us to assess the new vehicle’s suspension in a real-world environment, and to do so over the course of a 450 km-long race,” said team principal Glyn Hall.
“Usually we get to test new vehicles over much shorter distances, and to be able to cover this distance so early in the new Toyota Hilux Evo’s life is invaluable. As such Giniel and Dirk did a fantastic job, and we have a lot of new data to analyse, thanks to their dedication this weekend.”
The pair may field the Toyota Hilux Evo again at the final round of the 2016 Donaldson Cross-Country championship, which takes place at the end of October in the Gauteng town of Glen Harvie.
SA’s Dakar contender being tested by Giniel de Villiers Dirk von Zitzewitz.