Goodyear and De Rooy team aim to defend title
BRUSSELS — The De Rooy team, winners of the 2016 Dakar rally truck class, are going for gold again in the world’s toughest race, driving on standard Goodyear off-road ORD tyres.
The 2017 De Rooy team comprises Gerard de Rooy (2012 and 2016 Dakar truck class winner) in an Iveco Powerstar 4X4; Fredrico Villagra, who came third in his first Dakar last year, also in an Iveco Powerstar 4X4; and Ton van Genugten, who ended fifth last year in an Iveco Trakker.
The team’s new member is Wuf van Ginkel, who is no rooky with a dozen previous Dakars and a fourth finish in 2007, who will race in an Iveco Trakker.
The Dakar comprises 12 stages covering over 8 500 kilometres of the most challenging terrain, including deserts, high mountains and rocks.
Tyres are the most important component of the race and the four race trucks will compete on standard Goodyear 375/90R22,5 off-road ORD tyres, as will all the fast service assistance trucks, while the other service trucks will use Goodyear 315/80R22,5 Omnitrac MSS II and Omnitrac MSD II truck tyres, mounted on the steer and drive axles, respectively.
“We are delighted that Gerard de Rooy and his team have chosen Goodyear tyres again for their attempt on the 2017 Dakar title. We have worked long and intensively with them to help find the best set-up for the race trucks and to provide the back-up that is essential for this event to be a success for the team. But just as important is the technology leadership that enables them to perform under such challenging conditions,” said Benjamin Willot, director marketing, commercial tyres at Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The Iveco Powerstar 4x4 of last year’s Dakar racing truck winner Gerard de Rooy in action.