W2RC 2024 results: Dakar Rally

W2RC 2024 results

This year’s edition of the Dakar Rally brought mixed W2RC 2024 results for Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR). But while some of the team’s big names found the going particularly tough, it was the emerging talents of rookie drivers Guy Botterill and Saood Variawa who made their presence count.

Together with co-driver Brett Cummings, Botterill recorded consistent stage results throughout the event in car #243, eventually finishing sixth in the overall standings after 12 stages of racing in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, 18-year-old Variawa became one of the youngest works drivers in the history of the sport, bringing home his #226 GR DKR Hilux Evo T1U in 16th place with co-driver Francois Cazalet beside him. The pair took a few stages to find their rhythm in the world’s toughest cross-country race but once settled, their pace was undeniable.

W2RC 2024 results

The two rookies were supported by veteran Dakar racer Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy in car #209. De Villiers was hampered by early navigational issues and struggled with punctures in the rocky stages, yet still ended seventh overall. De Villiers was instrumental in the development and testing of the latest version of the Hilux, effectively sharing his experience with the entire team.

In addition to these three South African drivers, TGR included two international crews for Dakar 2024. Seth Quintero (United States) has a fair amount of Dakar experience and started the event in fine form. But a hard impact damaged his Hilux’s engine and car #216 incurred a massive penalty that dropped it out of contention. Nevertheless, Quintero and co-driver Dennis Zenz (Germany) continued competing with a new engine to salvage some stage results and support their teammates with spares. In the end, the best they could muster was 42nd overall – a result that belies their pace and potential.

The other new signing, Lucas Moraes (Brazil), was a Dakar rookie one year ago. His performance in 2023 identified him as an emerging talent in the world of rally-raid racing, and was an ideal addition to the works team for 2024. With co-driver Armand Monleón (Spain) the pair showed exceptional pace and maturity throughout in car #206, winning Stage 3 and moving into second place on the penultimate stage before disaster struck. A series of setbacks cost them dearly and dropped them down to ninth place overall.

By the time the dust settled over the last of Dakar 2024’s 12 stages, TGR had achieved three top ten places, while two further crews from privateer team Overdrive Racing also attained positions in the top ten with their similarly prepared Toyota Hilux models. Incredibly, in just this one event, these five Hilux models were pummelled across routes equivalent to one circumnavigation of the earth!

W2RC 2024 results: Dakar Rally final standings

1#204C Sainz / L CruzTeam Audi Sport48h 15m 18s
2#221G De Mevius / X PanseriOverdrive Racing+1h 20m 25s
3#203S Loeb / F LurquinBahrain Raid Xtreme+1h 29m 12s
4#211G Chicherit / A WinocqOverdrive Racing+1h 35m 59s
5#208M Prokop / V ChytkaOrlen Jipocar Team+2h 16m 43s
6#243G Botterill / B CummingsToyota Gazoo Racing+2h 40m 33s
7#209G De Villiers / D MurphyToyota Gazoo Racing+2h 50m 26s
9#206L Moraes / A MonleonToyota Gazoo Racing+3h 03m 12s
16#226S Variawa / F CazaletToyota Gazoo Racing+5h 54m 41s
42#216S Quintero / D ZenzToyota Gazoo Racing+69h 04m 43s
Thanks to the efforts of privateer team Overdrive Racing, there were five Hilux models in the top ten at the conclusion of the 2024 Dakar Rally

Weren’t there works teams in other categories?

Absolutely! As well as the five purpose-built GR DKR Hilux Evo T1U models, three further Toyota group vehicles competed in different classes for their own W2RC 2024 results.

Team Land Cruiser won its Stock class for the eleventh year in a row in its latest 300-series Land Cruiser GR Sport (above), while Hino Team Sugawara from Toyota’s truck subsidiary completed its 33rd consecutive Dakar Rally and finished sixth in class in its ‘Little Monster’ 600-series medium-duty commercial vehicle (below).

W2RC 2024: What’s next?

Round two of this year’s FIA World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) is the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which is hosted in the United Arab Emirates from 25 February to 2 March. TGR will field two Hilux crews for this event: car #206 (Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleón) and #216 (Seth Quintero and Dennis Zenz).

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