Dakar 2023: The Rebells Upset the Established Order

With their new, sharpened Toyotas and after the first eight stages, the two crews of Team Rebellion Racing have achieved one good result after another in the magnificent landscape of Saudi Arabia. Summary of the race.

What to do with a Toyota GR Hilux DKR T1+ powered by a V6 3.5 liters gasoline bi-turbo? For Romain Dumas and Max Delfino (#231), the question does not arise. The winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, among others, of the Pike Peak hill climb, is taking advantage of his assets to thwart the competition. The performances are there. The duo quickly took the measure of their new vehicle's capabilities. Their opponents are aware of it. The crew is in 6th position in the general classification at the end of the 8th stage. The duo, racing together for the first time, progressed with a fighting spirit throughout the complexly navigated stages. The blue camouflage of their Toyota does not go unnoticed on the stony and sandy tracks of Saudi Arabia!

When the elements are unleashed, Highway to Ha'il becomes the anthem of the Dakar. Dantesque weather conditions were the reason for the 3rd stage. The race was stopped at checkpoints 2 and 3, which disrupted the organization of the following stages. For the Rebells, this unexpected stop of the competition gave them the opportunity to focus on the rest of the event. The result?

Alexandre Pesci and Stephan Kuhni (#251) who had finished at a respectable 51st place in the general classification during the 43rd Dakar consolidate this year their position in the Top 40.

For their fourth participation in the Dakar in a row, the experience of the non-professional team speaks for itself! In the face of adversity, the Rebells take up every challenge with panache. Both of them do not forget that the prestigious rally-raid is not only a race, it is an endurance event!

Rebellion Timepieces, official timekeeper of the Dakar since 2019, will record their performances as well as those of all the competitors until the finish in Dammam on January 15, 2023. It will give the winners of each category a commemorative watch edited in limited series.

Two watches in the colors of the Dakar 2023

This year, the Predator 2.0 3 Hands Carbon Dakar and Twenty-One 3 Hands Dakar capture the spirit of this legendary competition. Unique and demanding, these limited editions present a striking architecture without compromise. Every detail embodies Rebellion Timepieces' passion for the Dakar!

The Predator 2.0 3 Hands Carbon Dakar watch is in the same spirit as all Rebellion Timepieces creations: authenticity, refined design, quality manufacturing and high mechanical performance. Its case is distinguished by its camouflage pattern, which is reminiscent of the Dakar tracks. Machined in carbon, it merges technology and aesthetics specific to the world of motor racing and fine watchmaking. A matching strap with a Velcro® buckle completes its adventure-oriented personality.

The Twenty-One 3 Hands Dakar is distinguished by its tricolor, black, white and sand setting, stamped with the race logo. All the assets of the original model that made the success of the collection are still present as its elegant cushion-shaped case in black DLC steel. The time data, hours, minutes, seconds and a discreet date window at 3 o'clock, are animated in a decoration inspired by the two-spoke steering wheels of vintage sports cars. The golden second hand enhances this exclusive composition.