Gerard de Rooy is not exactly happy with his third place in the 2017 Dakar Rally, but he is not too deeply disappointed either. Of course he would rather have won. He came close to doing just that. One hard-to-find waypoint and a total of three flat tyres cost the Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco team leader victory. “The aim was at least a podium, and we achieved that. We had one bad day, and you can’t really blame anyone for that. I can live with third place.”
A single navigation error, heading off in the wrong direction and getting lost as a result, then taking just a little too much risk trying to make up time, and being punished with two punctures. That, in a nutshell, is the story of the tenth stage, which proved to be crucial for Gerard de Rooy at the finish of the Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires.