By Robb Pritchard, Off-Road correspondent
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
Rest day in Tucumán, Argentina, gives the Dakar competitors a chance to regroup and get the much needed sleep before they tackle the 9th stage.
In the five South American editions of the iconic event, the 2009 champions have achieved four top-four placings.
Peru, Chile, buggies: a burst of freshness to begin with. Stage 1 took the competitors from Lima to Pisco in Peru.
South African/German duo of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz successfully defended the third place under torrential rain.
The Imperial Toyota drivers and team had a welcome day off on after 8 stages of the Dakar. There was rest, relaxation, but also preparation for week two of the Dakar.
De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz second on stage two of Dakar rally and second overall after the Pisco loop on the first real test of the sand dunes.
It was a dream start of the second week of Dakar as the Toyota Imperial team placed 5th in the stage, but moved up in the overall.
he Toyota Imperial South Africa team some lost time due to soft sand.
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz are just one stage away from claiming a successive Car podium spot for the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team.
The 2009 Dakar champions hit back on the 288-kilometre stage, which featured lots of sand, dunes and fesh fesh, in a trouble-free run.
Status quo in Copiapo after stage 12 in all four main categories.
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz continue to lead the four-wheel drive petrol T1.1 class in their proudly South African bakkie.
Toyota Imperial South Africa team consolidates second place in Car classification.
A hot day in Chile for the Toyota Imperial South Africa team. Four SA-built customer Toyota Hilux 4x4s all climbed the leader board.
Rain stops play for South African Toyota team on stage 11. De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz consolidate second place overall with three days to go.
Toyota Imperial South Africa Team saw Duncan Vos and Rob Howie withdraw after yesterday's crash which damaged their roll cage.