Toyota South African Motors will again be supporting the Road to Dakar initiative at this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race.
This race-within-a-race was previously known as the Dakar Challenge, and offers privateer crews the opportunity to win a free entry to the world’s toughest automotive race, the Dakar Rally.
The road to Dakar
“We believe the Road to Dakar is an incredible opportunity for crews to make the most of the Desert Race,” says Toyota SA Motors Vice-President for Marketing, Glenn Crompton.
“As it is, the Desert Race is undoubtedly the toughest automotive race on the African continent, and as such it is a perfect fit for the Road to Dakar.”
The Botswana 1 000 Desert Race, which takes place on the weekend of 22-24 June, 2018, will again see race crews cover a total of 1 000 race kilometres over three days.
This consists of a qualifying race on Friday, June 22, with two long race loops following on the Saturday and Sunday of the race weekend, all held in the area near the southern Botswana town of Jwaneng.
A warm up to Dakar
“The Desert Race is the only marathon event on the SACCS calendar, and as such it offers us an unparalleled opportunity to test our Toyota Hilux in conditions that resemble those found on many Dakar stages,” says Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Team Principal, Glyn Hall.
But while the factory team will be in the hunt for overall victory while honing the Toyota Hilux in preparation for Dakar 2019, the Road to Dakar brings a challenge to those crews hoping to bag an entry to the iconic race.
“We’re excited to see who emerges as the winner of the 2019 Road to Dakar at our Desert Race,” concludes Crompton. “But at the same time we are equally excited to see our own Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux crews in action in the sandy tracks of Botswana.”