Overdrive Toyota signs two-time Dakar winner Roma from Mini

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Overdrive Toyota signs two-time Dakar winner Roma from Mini
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Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma has joined Overdrive Racing and will thus pilot a Toyota Hilux in the 2017 edition of the race.

#304 Mini: Nani Roma, Alex Haro
#304 Mini: Nani Roma, Alex Haro
#307 Toyota: Vladimir Vasilyev, Konstantin Zhiltsov
#311 Toyota: Bernhard Ten Brinke, Tom Colsoul

Roma, 44, won the rally twice - on a KTM bike in 2004 and in a Mini car 2014, having represented the British marque in the last five Dakar runs.

The Spaniard is to make his debut with Overdrive in July's Baja Spain.

"It’s a pleasure to finalise my contract with Overdrive Racing to drive the Toyota," Roma said.

"For me, it is a new and passionate challenge in my career and a new opportunity to develop my racing in a new and exciting project. I’m motivated like a kid to work straight away and carry out some testing to finalise our set-up before our next race together at Baja Spain in a few weeks.

"The last five years of my career have been attached to another brand, with whom I conquered all the steps of the podium on the Dakar. It has been an exciting five years with moments of glory and also suffering.

"I value what I have achieved in these years, but now I want to look forward to this opportunity to work with Overdrive and evolve the car and fight for Toyota’s first victory at the Dakar.”

In the 2016 edition of the race, Roma, joined by new co-driver Alex Haro, finished sixth, while the leading Toyota - that of Toyota Gazoo South Africa's Giniel de Villiers - completed the podium.

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar
Drivers Nani Roma
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy