Toyota Gazoo Racing Dakar 2019 crew line-up

Toyota Gazoo Racing Dakar 2019 crew line-up

30.11.2018: DAKAR 2019: CREW LINE-UP Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will be fielding a three-car team for Dakar 2019, the 41st edition of the iconic race. The race gets under way on January 6th, 2019, and will see stalwarts Giniel de Villiers partner with co-driver Di


Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will be fielding a three-car team for Dakar 2019, the 41st edition of the iconic race. The race gets under way on January 6th, 2019, and will see stalwarts Giniel de Villiers partner with co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz; while Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah will drive with Frenchman Mathieu Baumel beside him. Dutch rally and cross-country driver, Bernhard ten Brinke will have Xavier Panseri (France) doing duty as co-driver.

“Our team for Dakar 2019 is largely unchanged from 2018, with the exception of Bernhard’s new co-driver. This gives us great stability in the team, and their performance during Dakar 2018 certainly showed what all three are capable of,” says Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall.

“Both Giniel and Nasser have won the event in the past, so the know exactly what it takes. And Bernard’s pace was simply electric during the previous event, so we’re full of confidence for the upcoming race.”



De Villiers has become a household name in many parts of the world, thanks mainly to his victory in the 2009 Dakar Rally. However, the quiet Stellenbosch racer has also notched up numerous championships in a wide variety of racing disciplines, including the 2017 and 2018 South African Cross-Country Series titles. De Villiers has raced in 15 Dakars to date, and only finished outside the Top Ten on one occasion (2007, due to an engine fire). He has recorded eight podium finishes on the Dakar Rally, five of those behind the wheel of a South African Toyota Hilux.


Von Zitzewitz first started navigating for Giniel de Villiers in 2007, though his Dakar record stretches back to 1997, when he first took park on a motorcycle. He finished fifth in his debut year, and seventh in 1998. The next edition saw him record several stage victories, though he failed to complete the event. He then turned his hand to navigation, partnering with Americans Mark Miller and Robby Gordon, before teaming up with De Villiers. The pair won the 2009 Dakar Rally, and have remained together ever since.



The world of cross-country racing has been dominated by Al Attiyah for the last four years, as the Qatari star won the FIA’s Cross-Country World Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – the last two behind the wheel of a South African Toyota Hilux.

He has won the Dakar Rally twice, most recently in 2015 (MINI), and has also competed in the World Rally Championship, Complete World Touring Car Championship and a multitude of other global race series. The affable racer is also an accomplished Skeet Shooter, and won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He won the Rally of Morocco for a record fifth consecutive time in 2018.


French navigator Mathieu Baumel has partnered with Al Attiyah on many occasions, and have notched up three FIA Cross-Country World Cup titles with the Qatari superstar. Baumel, who hails from Manosque in France’s Luberon region, specializes in cross-country racing as well as rallying, and recorded his first title in the Dakar Challenge of 2005. Since then, the approachable Frenchman has notched up six championships in a variety of disciplines, including the 2015 Dakar Rally, WRC2 class of the World Rally Championship and the FIA World Cup.



Sports fanatic Bernhard ten Brinke hails from the Dutch town of Zeddam, where he was born on 6 September 1977. The experienced businessman owns an established kitchen company in the Netherlands, but his true passion lies with sport – and more specifically, motorsport. Ten Brinke has been racing since 2004, cutting his teeth on the Renault Clio Sport Cup circuit, before adding rallying to his experience in 2009. He made his Dakar debut in 2012, finishing in a highly credible eighth place, with navigator Mathieu Baumel beside him.

In 2014 Ten Brinke joined Overdrive Racing, and significantly expanded his cross-country racing experience the following year. He finished Dakar 2015 in seventh overall, suffered a DNF in 2016 and focused on his rallying in 2017, missing out on the Dakar Rally as a result. He suffered another DNF in Dakar 2018, but recorded an epic stage win at Fiambala, and was on course for a podium finish until the penultimate stage of the rally.


47-year old Xavier Panseri is no stranger to the hotseat of a race car, having read plenty of pace notes in his time. The French national has done duty with countryman Bryan Bouffier since 2007, and won the Polish Rally Championship three consecutive times with him. The pair have also racked up wins in Monte Carlo and Corsica; and Panseri won the 2010 Navigator’s Championship in France.

He also competed in the 2015 Dakar Rally alongside Polish superstar Krzystof Holowczyc, with the pair finishing the grueling event in 3rd place overall. Dakar 2019 will be his first Dakar with Ten Brinke, though the pair competed together in the Rally of Morocco during 2018.

Vincent Dewaersegger- Photos TGR


30.11.2018 / MaP

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