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Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Giniel de Villiers
Giniel de Villiers
SOUTH AFRICA

Born
25 / 3 / 1972
Stared racing 1993. In 1994 his second season in car racing, Giniel took the South African title in Group N, at the wheel of a Nissan Sentra. Won in total four South African Touring Car Championships with Nissan. Then, in 2001, he turned to off-road with Nissan. He took a national title in his first year. Giniel is the one who knows the Nissan Pickup the best because the model used by the faithful South African in the South African branch of the national rally raid championship was the basis for the one involved in the Dakar since 2002. At its wheel the former circuit driver was amazing in his first Dakar, in 2003. After having been at the front of the pack at the beginning of the race, he ended up in a very promising 5th place. A few months later, he confirmed his abilities by giving Nissan its very first win in a rally raid, in Morocco. Giniel crossed another level in the Dakar 2004. He took a stage and finished the race as the best ranked member of the Nissan Rally-Raid Team. Talented and consistent, he is a sound element on the Dream Team that Nissan has lined up to start at the Dakar 2005.