Giniel leads Dakar assault

A band of South Africans who cut their off-road racing teeth in the local championship will be looking for more glory on the Dakar Rally from January 1-16.

Leading the South African charge will be former winner Giniel de Villiers who again teams up with German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz in a factory-entered VW Racing Touareg.

De Villiers, a former South African touring car and off-road champion, made history when he became the first South African to win one of motorsport’s classic events in 2009.

De Villiers is joined in the VW works team by another South African champion, Ralph Pitchford, who will again link up with American driver Mark Miller. Pitchford and the American will be looking for their third podium finish in a row.

South African off-road legend Alfie Cox, who won national off-road championships on two and four wheels, will also continue his love affair with the Dakar Rally. Cox and German co-driver Jürgen Schröder will again campaign a Nissan Navara built in South Africa.

Best of luck to all the South Africans participating in this gruelling race

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