Giniel de Villiers

Giniel de Villiers

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.

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