A Goodyear for De Rooy

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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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Win­ner of the 2016 Dakar truck race Ger­hard de Rooy and his Pow­er­star Iveco truck in ac­tion.

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