Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco will participate in the Dakar Rally with four trucks. Next to Gerard de Rooy, Federico Villagra and Ton van Genugten, Maurik van den Heuvel will reinforce the team in Peru. All four crews have an Iveco Powerstar available with the goal of winning the 2019 edition of the Dakar.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Gerard de Rooy will return to the strong competition of the Dakar Rally in January, assisted by navigator Moi Torrallardona and mechanic Darek Rodewald. The two-time winner of the Dakar, and winner of the Africa Eco Race 2018, is supported in Peru by what seems to be the strongest Team De Rooy ever.
Argentinian driver Federico Villagra was in the battle for victory last year until the penultimate day and now again aims for the podium.
Ton van Genugten won no less than four stages in 2018 and was the most successful driver in the truck category. Just like last edition, he will be assisted by navigator Peter Willemsen and mechanic Bernard der Kinderen.
The fourth rider of Team De Rooy is the experienced and fast Maurik van den Heuvel, who in previous years always participated in the top 10 and of whom a lot can be expected. Van den Heuvel is navigated by Peter Kuijpers, for whom it is the fourth time in that role, and has mechanic Martijn van Rooij with him.
Van den Heuvel takes over from Artur Ardavichus, who, because of the poor economic situation in Kazakhstan in consultation with his sponsor Astana, decided to skip the upcoming Dakar.
All four teams have an Iveco Powerstar at their disposal. Team De Rooy has chosen the familiar model with rigid axles, which has proven itself in the toughest rallies in the world in recent years.
The prototype of the Iveco Powerstar with independent wheel suspension has passed all planned tests to its full satisfaction and is now completely disassembled so that all parts and components can be examined and studied for wear and damage. This rally truck can therefore not be used yet and as a result, Wuf van Ginkel, who is very closely involved in the development of this truck, will not participate in the upcoming Dakar.
At the PreProloog in Valkenswaard next Sunday Gerard de Rooy, Ton van Genugten, Maurik van den Heuvel and Wuf van Ginkel will be present and available to the press and public.