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Big guys back in force for ’17 Dakar Rally

WHAT DO YOU LIKE WATCHING? The Dakar rally cars are cool but the real giants of the event are the trucks - such as this one from the De Rooy team. Images: Goodyear / Newspress
WHAT DO YOU LIKE WATCHING? The Dakar rally cars are cool but the real giants of the event are the trucks – such as this one from the De Rooy team. Images: Goodyear / Newspress

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The De Rooy team, winner of the 2016 Dakar Rally Trucks class, will be going for gold again in the 2017 running of the world’s toughest race.

Gerard De Rooy and his team have chosen Goodyear Offroad ORD truck tyres for their four race trucks and Goodyear Omnitrac mixed service tyres for their service trucks.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE WATCHING? The Dakar rally cars are cool but the real giants of the event are the trucks - such as this one from the De Rooy team. Images: Goodyear / Newspress
ROUND THE RAGGED ROCKS THE RUGGED TRUCKS DO RUN: This behemoth of off-roading, an  Iveco from the De Rooy team, will probably be part of the Belgian team’s entry for Dakar 2017. Images: Goodyear / Newspress

The team is aiming for a repeat of 2016’s success with the long-term dedicated support of the  tyre manufacturer further providing testing and back-up.

The team will consist of:

Gerard De Rooy: Two times Dakar truck class winner (2012 and 2016) in an Iveco Powerstar 4×4
Fredrico Villagra: Third in his first Dakar in 2016 and also in an Iveco Powerstar 4×4
Ton Van Genugten: Fifth in Dakar 2016 driving an Iveco Trakker.
Wuf Van Ginkel: Competed in 12 Dakars with best of fourth in 2007. He’ll also be in an Iveco Trakker.

The rally will start in Asuncion, Paraguay, on January 2 (see map below). From there the more than 550 trucks, cars and motorcycles will cross into Bolivia, driving as far north as La Paz, and then down into Argentina where the event will end in Buenos Aries on the opposite side of the sub-continent on January 14.

READ MORE about the Dakar Rally on Carman’s Corner

Those still in the race will have covered 12 stages and more than 8500km over the most challenging terrain, including deserts, high mountains and rocks, on Earth.

LONG WAY TO GO: The route of the 2018 Dakar Rally through South America.
LONG WAY TO GO: The route of the 2018 Dakar Rally through South America.

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