A Goodyear for De Rooy
TYRE maker Goodyear have earned bragging rights when the Powerstar Iveco truck #501 was the first racing trucks over the line in this year’s Dakar that ended in Argentina on Sunday.
The De Rooy team raced on standard Goodyear ORD off-theroad truck tyres, covering approximately 9 000 km in 13 days over the toughest terrain that Argentina and Bolivia can offer.
Goodyear’s achievement is put in perspective when one considers that temperatures on the Dakar get so high that spare tyres spontaneously combust where they are strapped over the midmounted engines of the race cars, or pop in the thin air when raced at 4,8 km above sea level.
Gerard de Rooy and his team co-driver Moises Torrallardona from Spain and mechanic Darek Rodewald from Poland beat more than 50 trucks from around the world. His high speed support truck, driven by Ton van Genugten finished the race 5th in the overall standings — also on Goodyear tyres. For Gerard de Rooy it’s the second win of the truck class at the Dakar following his success in 2012.
Winner of the 2016 Dakar truck race Gerhard de Rooy and his Powerstar Iveco truck in action.