Goodyear and De Rooy team aim to de­fend ti­tle

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The Iveco Pow­er­star 4x4 of last year’s Dakar rac­ing truck win­ner Ger­ard de Rooy in ac­tion.

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