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Who do you think will win the 2018 Dakar Rally?

Cape Town – Dakar 2018 starts a little later than usual on Saturday January 6, but it’s set to be an absolute cracker as always.

Looking ahead, probably the most important Dakar for Toyota to win before Peugeot quits, the SA-built bakkies have one more chance to beat the all-conquering French machines and prevent a 3008 hat trick on their Dakar swansong, but never ignore the Minis. And can anyone beat KTM on two wheels?

Three-Hilux attack

Toyota’s official three-car Gazoo team sees SA hero Giniel de Villiers and Nasser Al Attiyah joined by Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke, out to tackle Peugeot quartet Stephane Peterhansel, Seb Loeb, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres and the Minis of Nani Roma, Mikko Hirvonen and Orlando Terranova, one being a new buggy.