Giniel de Villiers
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Giniel de Villiers

1972-03-25 (age 49)

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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso Dakar
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Dakar 2020, Stage 2: Terranova leads, big drama for Alonso

X-raid Mini driver Orlando Terranova leads the 2020 Dakar Rally after the second stage, in which star debutant Fernando Alonso has already lost over two hours due to damage.

Ten things to watch for in the 2020 Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally officially opens the third chapter of its illustrious history this weekend as the legendary off-road event takes place in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Valentin Khorounzhiy and Jamie Klein are your guides to the 2020 edition.

Morocco Rally: De Villiers wins, Alonso 27th

Giniel de Villiers has won the 2019 edition of the Morocco Rally, after Carlos Sainz’s bid to topple the Toyota driver faltered in the final stage on Wednesday.

Morocco Rally: Sainz tops Stage 4, de Villiers takes lead

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz won the penultimate stage of the Morocco Rally on Tuesday, as Giniel de Villiers took advantage of Nasser Al-Attiyah’s troubles to surge into the overall lead.

Sainz blames "disaster" Dakar roadbook for accident

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz has branded the roadbook of the 2019 edition “a disaster” after his costly accident on the third stage.

Toyota "must achieve" first Dakar win in 2019

Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa has to capitalise on the opportunity to claim a milestone first Dakar win for the Japanese marque in 2019, says team manager Glyn Hall.

Dakar 2018: Sainz clinches Peugeot's farewell victory

Rally legend Carlos Sainz has scored his second Dakar victory in the 2018 edition of the marathon.

Dakar 2018, Stage 13: Sainz on verge of win, Peterhansel crashes

Carlos Sainz edged closer to his second Dakar Rally victory on the penultimate stage, but his Peugeot team is set to miss out on a one-two finish following a crash for Stephane Peterhansel.

Dakar 2018, Stage 12: Al-Attiyah quickest, Sainz closing on win

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Peugeot rival Stephane Peterhansel to top the longest timed special of the 2018 Dakar Rally, as Carlos Sainz edged closer to overall victory.

Dakar 2018, Stage 10: Peterhansel wins, passes Al-Attiyah

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel topped the 10th stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally marathon, overhauling Nasser Al-Attiyah for second place behind Carlos Sainz in the general classification.

Dakar 2018, Stage 7: Sainz inherits large lead

Carlos Sainz has taken the lead in the 2018 Dakar Rally from Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel, becoming the first driver to claim back-to-back stage wins in the event's car category.

Toyota drivers say "unfair" inflation rule benefits Peugeot

Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers have both blamed a regulation prohibiting them for using an on-board tyre inflation/deflation system for their tough fourth day on the Dakar.

Toyota: Early Dakar stages key to beating Peugeot

Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Glyn Hall believes his outfit will stand a good chance of toppling Peugeot in the 2018 Dakar Rally if it can keep up with the French marque during the opening leg in Peru.

Red Bull Desert Wings ready for the 2018 Dakar Rally

Across all four categories Red Bull Desert Wings have a mix of past champions and rally-raid rookies preparing to push themselves to the limit in South America

Peugeot impossible to beat even with clean run – de Villiers

Former Dakar Rally champion Giniel de Villiers believes Peugeot would have been impossible to beat in this year’s race even if he had enjoyed a clean run.

De Villiers: Inaccurate roadbook behind Dakar navigation "lottery"

Toyota's Giniel de Villiers says inaccuracies in the Dakar Rally roadbook have been behind much of the navigation woes encountered by teams in the 2017 race.

Toyota drivers expect more Dakar frontrunner dramas

Toyota Dakar Rally drivers Giniel de Villiers and Nani Roma reckon the car class will see more frontrunners run into serious trouble in the next few stages.

Toyota's horror day a reminder of Dakar's “cruel” nature

Toyota's Dakar frontrunner Giniel de Villiers says the Japanese marque's woes on Wednesday, when its lead cars all suffered major issues, has served as a reminder of the rally's “cruel” nature.

Dakar 2017, Stage 3: Peterhansel wins amid disaster for Toyota

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel took his first stage win in the 2017 edition on Wednesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah hit trouble.

Sainz is complaining "too much", say Toyota drivers

The lead drivers of Toyota's Dakar Rally contingent have dismissed Carlos Sainz's suggestions that Peugeot had been treated unfairly by rule changes.

Dakar 2017 won't be like "easy" previous editions - de Villiers

Toyota's Giniel de Villiers believes Dakar 2017 will be a return to the rally-raid event's roots, as the South African criticised the routes of past editions for being “too easy”.

Toyota drivers bullish about chances of toppling Peugeot

Toyota duo Giniel de Villiers and Nasser Al-Attiyah are optimistic the Japanese marque can give Peugeot a tougher fight for victory in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Toyota "needs" turbo engine to fight Peugeot, Mini - de Villiers

Giniel de Villiers believes Toyota will need turbo power in order to be able to fight for future Dakar Rally wins against Peugeot and Mini.

Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing finish gruelling Dakar Rally

De Villiers, Poulter and Vasilyev reach Rosario in third, fifth and eighth overall,

Dakar Cars, top 10 in photos

The Dakar competitors have finally reached a well-deserved rest day after a week of grueling action. We take this opportunity to give a run down of the top 10 drivers in the Car class, featured in all of their Dakar splendor.

Dakar 2016 runners and riders: Cars and Trucks

With the 2016 edition of the fearsome Dakar Rally getting under way on Sunday, Motorsport.com takes you through all the likely contenders for victory in the car and truck categories.

Red Bull Desert Wings await Dakar starting pistol

Ranging from battled-hardened veterans to wide-eyed rookies, the Desert Wings are aiming for the top prize in all four categories of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

Top 10 photos of the week: 2015-01-21

Your weekly dose of top 10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning Motorsport.com photographers.

Villagra and Memi achieve target and bring Ford Ranger to Dakar finish In Buenos Aires

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah claims second Dakar Rally win on shortened final stage.

Al-Attiyah dominates Dakar Rally

Nasser Al-Attiyah added another chapter to his colourful Dakar story.

Winning the Dakar like a boss

Marc Coma, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Rafał Sonik, and Ayrat Mardeev won the 2015 Dakar!

Barreda and Al-Attiyah win again

Nasser Al-Attiyah has handled his status as the rally leader in the car category since the second stage with vigor.

Ninth stage of Dakar a day of redemption for some

The ninth stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally has come to an end.

Al-Rajhi mixes it with the big boys

Yazeed Al-Rajhi has become more than just a new Dakar stage winner...

Villagra and Memi find a safe and sensible pace on first half of Dakar Marathon stage into Bolivia

Giniel de Villiers reduces Al-Attiyah’s lead to 8min 14sec; Terranova takes stage win.

Rodrigues steps out of the shadows, Al-Attiyah rams home his advantage

Helder Rodrigues, Nasser Al-Attiyah, and Ignacio Casale were the Stage 6 winners in their respective categories.

Dakar competitors recover from savage second day in third stage

The third day was not nearly as hard on the teams as yesterday was, a relief for all and even salvation for some.

The first winners of the first day at Villa Carlos Paz

Sam Sunderland claims KTM's first win of the year and Nasser Al-Attiyah beat Orlando Terranova by 22 seconds...

Coma to the power of 4! Roma joins the Pantheon

Nani Roma took his first victory in a car, exactly a decade after winning on a motorcycle.

Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win

Four MINI ALL4 Racing hold the top positions in the overall standings

Second stage win for MINI ALL4 Racing driver Al-Attiyah

Al-Attiyah works his way up to third place in the overall standings

Barreda makes amends

Spaniard Joan Barreda took his fourth stage win in 2014 ahead of Hélder Rodrigues and Cyril Despres.

Despres victorious, Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel on the attack

In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.

Barreda and Sainz strike back but Coma and Roma stay in control

Spain's Joan Barreda took his third victory in the 2014 edition, beating overall leader Marc Coma by 4′03″ at the end of a historic stage that took the Dakar to its 28th country

High five – triumph for Volkswagen and Ogier at Rally Italy

Volkswagen picked up a maximum amount of points in Sardinia.

Ogier and Volkswagen defend their lead in leg two at the Rally Sweden

Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia (F/F), at the wheel of the Polo R WRC, hold a 26.9-second after the second leg in Sweden.

Red Bull celebrates Dakar 2013 victories - video

Red Bull-sponsored teams have claimed victory in the truck and bike categories during this year's Dakar Rally along with podium finishes.

Despres and Peterhansel: the Lima-Santiago connection

Dakar 2013 has its share of glory and problems both for the teams who took on the challenge and the ASO organizers. Yet in the end the final podium at Santiago's Palacio de la Moneda was a day of celebration.

De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz join the Dakar elite

In the five South American editions of the iconic event, the 2009 champions have achieved four top-four placings.