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CONSECUTIVE HILUX VICTORIES IN DAKAR RALLY

**HiLux takes fourth stage victory in 2018**
**Al Attiyah's third victory this year, 30th in total**
**Hilux holds three of top five places**


Toyota HiLux has scored its second Dakar rally stage victory in as many days with two-time champion Nasser Al Attiyah taking the honours overnight.

Al Attiyah won the 12th stage by 2 minutes 3 seconds after 523km of competitive driving over sand, fast tracks and rocky terrain between Chilecito and San Juan in Argentina.

It was the Qatari driver's third stage victory this year, adding to his successes last week in the first and third stages, and his 30th win in 14 Dakar rallies.

Al Attiyah's front-running pace was closely matched by his Toyota GAZOO Racing SA teammates, Giniel de Villiers in third place and Bernhard Ten Brinke in fifth.

Ten Brinke, who was victorious the previous day, opened the stage and led by 1 minute 30 seconds at the 90km mid-stage road section, before Al Attiyah powered to the lead.

The Toyota GAZOO SA HiLux team maintains a stranglehold on the top three placings in the 4x4 class for naturally aspirated petrol vehicles.

Al Attiyah heads the all-Toyota battle for the final position on the 2018 Dakar podium.

He has built a gap of more than 11 minutes to Dutchman Ten Brinke and a further nine minutes to South African de Villiers, who won the 2009 event.

A privately entered HiLux driven by Peter van Merksteijn is ninth outright, giving Toyota four vehicles in the top 10 positions of the world's toughest motorsport event.

Dakar 2018, which covers more than 4,500km of competition through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, ends this weekend in Cordoba, Argentina.

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Toyota motorsport
Toyota has a proud international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.


For more information, please contact:

James Wang
Senior Lifestyle and Motorsport Public Relations Consultant
Mob: (0431) 431 082
james.wang@toyota.com.au

Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au



 
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Toyota HiLux driver Al Attiyah wins his third stage in Dakar 2018
Toyota HiLux driver Al Attiyah wins his third stage in Dakar 2018
Toyota HiLux driver Al Attiyah wins his third stage in Dakar 2018
Toyota HiLux driver Al Attiyah wins his third stage in Dakar 2018
Toyota HiLux driver Al Attiyah wins his third stage in Dakar 2018