Toyota Gazoo Racing complete another clean-sweep of World Rally-Raid Championship titles

19 October 2023

The 2023 World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) drew to a close yesterday (18 October) with the Rally of Morocco, confirming a second consecutive clean-sweep of titles for Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR). 

Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel pushed their GR DKR Hilux T1+ to the limit but were unable to challenge for a podium result, having suffered a crash approximately 6.5 miles into the final stage. The crew managed to make running repairs, but elected to return to the bivouac with the damaged car, rather than attempting to complete the remainder of the stage. This ended their 2023 W2RC season, but the team had already secured a trio of titles for the year: Driver’s championship; Co-Drivers’ Championship; and Manufacturer’s Championship.

The 2023 Rally of Morocco featured five timed stages, starting in the coastal city of Agadir, and ending in the eastern city of Merzouga. The event forms a key part of the W2RC season, not only as the final round of the year, but also offering teams a valuable opportunity to test their latest specification cars in real-world conditions that resemble those found on the upcoming Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Attiyah was able to secure the driver’s title for the second time; both the co-driver’s title and the manufacturer’s title had already been won with one round to spare.

The event was won by Yazeed Al Rajhi and his co-driver Timo Gottschalk in a privately entered Toyota Hilux T1+, sealing second place in the W2RC in the process.

The 2023 W2RC season started with the Dakar Rally. Due to its length and extreme nature, the Dakar offers more points than any of the subsequent rounds, and Al-Attiyah and Baumel’s victory gave them a solid foundation for the rest of the season.

Unfortunately, they were unable to complete Round 2 – the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – following a crash on the 3rd stage of that event.

For Round 3, the TGR crew demonstrated its never-give-up spirit by fighting for victory at the Sonora Rally in Mexico. They secured two stage wins and two second-place stage finishes, giving them a total of 51 points towards the championship.

Next was Round 4, the the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina. The TGR crew again showed remarkable tenacity, ultimately winning four of the event’s five stages and securing another 53 championship points.

Now, despite missing out on a final victory at the Rally of Morocco, the team have reaped the rewards of a hard-fought season.

With the 2024 Dakar Rally only months away, the focus now shifts to final preparations for this marathon event and the 2024 W2RC season.

Team quotes

Alain Dujardyn, TGR W2RC Team Principal: “2023 has been a fantastic year for the TGR W2RC team. We started by winning the Dakar Rally and, after great determination and excellent teamwork, managed to secure all three W2RC titles. Furthermore, this is the second consecutive year of W2RC success for us – an achievement we’re all very happy to celebrate. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the engineers, mechanics, agencies and sponsors involved in our 2023 campaign. Without their collective efforts, as well as those of the drivers and co-drivers, we would not have been able to achieve all our goals. Finally, I would also like to thank the wider Toyota family in the service park, including the privateers who campaign in our cars. Their sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the season have been without equal, and it is a pleasure to continually push the limits for better together. The GR DKR Hilux T1+ has proven its strength and durability once again and we look forward to embarking on a further journey with this magnificent car in 2024 and beyond.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “To me, winning a second W2RC title is an amazing feeling. It all started when we won the Dakar Rally back in January, but standing here now as a double W2RC champion, I could not be happier. I would like to thank Toyota Gazoo Racing and the entire team who helped to build and maintain our GR DKR Hilux T1+ for their hard work and strong support.”

Mathieu Baumel: “Wow! What a feeling. Yes, I had already won the co-driver’s title at the previous round, but now we have all three W2RC titles for the second time in a row. The Rally of Morocco was not an easy one, but we managed to do what was needed to bring all the titles home, and I am very proud of what we have achieved.”

Rally of Morocco Final Standings:




2023 TGR W2RC Results:


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