NORTH WEST TEST RUN FOR DAKAR HILUX

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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.

PHOTO: QUICPIC

SA’s Dakar con­tender be­ing tested by Giniel de Vil­liers Dirk von Zitze­witz.

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