Alonso confirmed for Dakar Rally

Date published: October 24 2019

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Fernando Alonso has been confirmed as part of Toyota’s four-driver line-up for the Dakar Rally next January.

As reported by Motorsport.com, Alonso will compete in the event, based in Saudi Arabia, on January 5-17 in a Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa-prepared Hilux 4×4 – Marc Coma, five-time winner of the event in the motorbike class, will be his navigator.

Alonso will partner Nasser Al-Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke as Toyota expand to a four-car factory line-up,.

The two-time World Champion began preparing for the Dakar assault back in August – he made his debut in the category in South Africa’s Lichtenburg 400 a month later where he finished 16th.

The Spaniard finished 26th in Morocco earlier this month after crashing into a ditch from a top-ten position. He’d also set top-10 times in three of the five stages in the traditional Dakar warm-up.

Alonso continues his Dakar preparations with a two-day test in Tarragona from 25-26 October, before competing in the Ula Neom Rally, part of the Saudi Desert Rally Championship, from 4-9 November, driving a newly-built Hilux.

Toyota are also weighing up whether or not to organise a final test in Abu Dhabi in December.

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