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TOYOTA SECURES DOUBLE DAKAR PODIUM

**Toyota HiLux second and third in world's toughest motor sport event**
**Five Hilux in top 10 outright**
**LandCruiser and Hino score class victories**


Toyota HiLux has scored a double podium in the Dakar rally, its best result in the event's 40-year history and confirmation of Hilux's durability in the world's toughest motor sport event.

Toyota GAZOO Racing SA drivers Nasser Al Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers finished second and third outright, with de Villiers victorious in the final stage at Cordoba

De Villiers pushed throughout the final stage of the gruelling 15-day rally, taking victory by eight minutes.

Earlier, Al Attiyah won four stages to take the runner-up position overall in the rally that involved 4,500km of competition across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

"Dakar 2018 was extremely tough," the Qatari driver said. "But we are very happy to finish in second place overall.

"Of course, we would have been happier with a win, but to have two of our three cars on the podium, is an amazing achievement, and we have every reason to be proud."

The team's third driver, Bernhard Ten Brinke, won the longest stage of the event, Stage 11 over the feared Fiambalá dunes.

Al Attiyah and de Villiers with their new Toyota GAZOO Racing SA HiLux entries were one-two in the modified petrol 4x4 vehicle category.

Privately entered HiLux vehicles finished eighth, ninth and tenth outright, giving Toyota five top-ten finishers.

Team LandCruiser Toyota Auto Body won the production division for the fifth consecutive year and Dakar truck legend Teruhito Sugawara with Team Hino Sugawara claimed a ninth successive victory in the up-to-10-litre truck class, giving the Toyota group three category wins.

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda said the Dakar rally re-affirms the significance of the words "roads make cars".

"I appreciate the demonstrated performance and potential of the Toyota vehicles that completed the rally, through battling tough conditions, with varied road surfaces, as well as altitude, temperature and climatic changes," Mr Toyoda said.

"This year and going forward, the Toyota group as a whole will strive to continue to make ever-better cars, by traversing the wide variety of roads and terrains across the world," he said.

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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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Nasser Al Attiyah on his way to second outright in the Dakar rally
Nasser Al Attiyah on his way to second outright in the Dakar rally
Giniel de Villiers took third outright in the Dakar rally
Bernhard Ten Brinke scored a stage victory in the Dakar rally
Nasser Al Attiyah (r) and navigator Mathieu Baumel won four stages in the Dakar rally