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.
The fourth stage of the Dakar Rally 2019 again was not a problem-free day for Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco. Gerard de Rooy finished in eleventh at 35 minutes behind stage winner Andrey Karginov, due to a crooked rod and a broken tire. Maurik van den Heuvel finished just before De Rooy as tenth in 32 minutes. He again had to contend with a motor that ran into emergency loop. Federico Villagra, third in the standings at the start of the stage, fell way back due to unknown problems.
The third stage of the Dakar Rally 2019 ended up to be a disaster for Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco. Only Federico Villagra managed to complete the 331 km between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa unscathed. The Argentinian finished second and occupied that place in the rankings. Ton van Genugten lost almost an hour, Gerard de Rooy almost one and a half hour and Maurik van den Heuvel even more.
Ton van Genugten quickly had to give up his second position in the second stage of the Dakar Rally. At about 50 km in the 342 km long special stage between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona the hood of the Iveco hit the windshield. Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco teammates Gerard de Rooy and Federico Villagra were able to pass Van Genugten. That gave De Rooy an excellent second place, with Villagra coming in fourth. Van Genugten lost ten minutes and finished fifth. Maurik van den Heuvel made an impressive advance from eighteenth to eight.