Overdrive, Hallspeed join forces to run 10 Toyota Hiluxes in grueling Dakar Rally

Belgium’s Overdrive Racing and Hallspeed of South Africa have joined forces and will send a 100-strong team of personnel to January’s punishing Dakar Rally.The entire operation — one of the largest ever to represent a team on the rally — will field 10 Toyota Hiluxes in the world’s toughest cross-country bonanza that starts in Buenos Aires on Jan. 3 and finishes back in the Argentine capital on Jan. 17 after passing through 13 timed stages and some of the most remote and demanding terrain in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

Giniel de Villiers Dakar 2014
Giniel de Villiers
Dakar 2014

Massive Toyota team joins forces for the 2015 Dakar
Former event winner Giniel de Villiers and fellow South African support driver Leeroy Poulter will run a pair of Toyotas under the Toyota Imperial South Africa banner with logistical support supplied by Overdrive Racing. A further eight cars bolster the mammoth programme through the Overdrive concern.
Overdrive’s team director Jean-Marc Fortin today (Monday) confirmed that the Belgian team will run V8-powered Hiluxes for Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi, Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke, Argentine Lucio Alvarez, Pole Marek Dabrowski, Frenchman Christian Laveille, Australian Geoff Olholm, Kazakh Bauyrzhan Issabayev and Czech driver Peter Jerie in one of the largest and most international teams ever to grace the Dakar Rally entry list.