In consultation with Iveco and Petronas, Gerard de Rooy has decided not to participate in the Dakar Rally. The reason is a hernia in his back, which De Rooy will have to undergo surgery for. “It’s not that serious, but I don’t want to take the risk of it getting worse,” says the double winner of the Dakar Rally. De Rooy will travel to Saudi Arabia to assist his teammates from Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco.
Janus jr van Kasteren and Michiel Becx participate as new members of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco in the Dakar Rally 2020. Van Kasteren (32) will aim for a high ranking with the Iveco Powerstar. Becx (44) will fulfill the function of fast assistance with a new Iveco Trakker.
Both Dutchmen already have experience in the Dakar, although they did not reach the finish due to technical problems.
van Kasteren participated with truck in the past two years, but both times fell
short just before the finish. On the other hand, he achieved a number of
impressive top 10 rankings. Previously, he gained extensive experience in the
Morocco Desert Challenge and the Baja Aragon with both a truck and an SSV.
Becx made his debut in the Dakar last January with the Mitjet buggy. With that
car, he won a stage in the Morocco Desert Challenge,
With third place in the final classification for Gerard de Rooy and three stage victories – Ton van Genugten won the finale stage and thus his second one in this event – Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco looks back with a satisfied feeling at the Dakar Rally 2019. “It is not the podium place we hoped for, but it is and remains a podium position,” said Gerard de Rooy.
On paper it was the last chance for Gerard de Rooy to change something in the top 3 of the Dakar Rally truck ranking. The leader of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco therefore in stage 9 opened the attack on both Kamaz drivers in first and second. Due to cooling problems De Rooy had to give up his attack in the final stages of the race. “If something goes wrong, nothing goes to plan anymore”, he said after the 312 km in the Pisco area. “Very frustrating.”
In a nerve-racking eighth stage, Gerard de Rooy narrowed his gap in the Dakar Rally standings. Eduard Nikolaev lost control because he was stuck in the dunes for almost an hour. De Rooy, however, also got stuck for fifteen minutes and suffered from a crooked front wheel in the final phase, so Nikolaev could limit the damage to 40 minutes and 54 seconds. The big winner, however, was Kamaz driver Dmitry Sotnikov. He took full advantage, won the stage and took the lead in the standings with 26.49 on Nikolaev and 1.07.43 from De Rooy.
With three Iveco’s versus one Kamaz and a Maz, Gerard de Rooy holds favourable cards for the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally. In this so-called Super Ica the top 10 of the bikes, the top 10 of the cars and the top 5 of the trucks of the seventh stage start together ahead of the rest. Thanks to the fourth place of Federico Villagra and the fifth place of Maurik van den Heuvel, stage winner Gerard de Rooy is supported by a strong team.
In the dunes of the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, Gerard de Rooy has given a knock to the competition. With great superiority, the captain of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco won the stage. He gained 34 minutes on standings leader Eduard Nikolaev. Iveco team mate Federico Villagra was the third truck at the finish, 43 minutes behind De Rooy.
With the knowledge that the first classified Siarhei Viazovich missed a waypoint with an hour’s penalty time, Gerard de Rooy decided to call himself the winner of the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally. Teammate Federico Villagra came half a minute behind De Rooy in the 310 kms long special.
The fifth stage of the Dakar Rally was not a bad day for the four trucks of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco. All four of them lost a bit of time by trifles, but not the hours that were lost in the previous days. There is still some uncertainty about the results, because the second part of the special was cancelled.