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.
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.
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.