Although Gerard de Rooy had hoped for a better result for himself, the captain of Team Petronas Iveco De Rooy was a satisfied man at the finish of the OiLibya Rally. “It’s a pity we didn’t win, but four trucks in the top 5 certainly isn’t bad. I think we had a good rally, but we were a bit unfortunate with the tyres. It’s good to know what works and what doesn’t.”
De Rooy tried his best to help team mate Ales Loprais gain ground on Dutchman Martin van den Brink, who started the final stage with a lead of 4 minutes. “The interest of the team comes first and Ales had a chance to win, so I moved over to let him pass. The combined action in the team is good and it shows in the results.”
Loprais won the stage but only with one second advantage to Van den Brink.