SA team woes continue in Dakar

Giniel de Villiers and Dirk Von Zitzewitz suffered further setbacks in the fourth stage.

The fourth stage of the cars at the 2014 Dakar rally didn’t go well for the South African Toyota Imperial Team.

DAKAR - The fourth stage of the cars at the 2014 Dakar rally didn't go well for the South African Toyota Imperial Team.

There were high hopes for the two Hilux teams ahead of the race but nothing really went right for the teams of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk Von Zitzewitz and Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie.

Poulter finished stage three in third but came in 59th position in stage four, taking him to 29th overall, while de Villiers finishing the stage seventh, retained his sixth spot overall.

The 2009 champion did finish the stage despite suffering from power steering problems again.

"There was a lot of oil coming out of the pump but we couldn't really fix it so we used all of our oil we had on board to try and make it to the end. But we ran out of that as well, then we had to look for spectators to supply us with some oil. We sort of managed like that to the end. We lost huge amounts of time again."

The problem was a major blow given that de Villiers had been challenging the front runners earlier on.

"We finished the first half in third position. I started far back in the dust and I was held up by about six cars that I had to overtake. So it's even more disappointing because we've got the pace but we haven't got the reliability in the steering wheel."

On the bikes, Broadlink KTM's Riaan Van Niekerk is the top South African in 22nd position.