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‘We performed and worked exceptionally well as a team’

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Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco competed for stage wins and had someone in the top 3 of the overall classification on every day of the race but one. As well Gerard de Rooy’s two stage victories, Federico Villagra and Ton van Genugten scored podium finishes in several stages. Two second and three third places saw the Argentinian driver of Team De Rooy finish in fourth place in the final race standings.

“Because so much was cancelled or shortened, we only had a short race, really,” was Villagra’s analysis. “We lost time searching for a waypoint in the fifth stage, in Bolivia. We dropped to sixth place there. That was a tough moment, but we recovered well, all through our own efforts. It’s a shame there wasn’t more time to attack the Kamazes together with Gerard. That feels a little unsatisfying, because having us both on the podium was absolutely possible.”

Ton van Genugten also saw his ambitions go up in smoke in the fifth stage. The number three of Team De Rooy got totally trapped in the mud and lost a lot of time. “That killed off any chance of a good result in the final standings,” Van Genugten says. “We had made a few mistakes before then too: a flat tyre, a missed waypoint. Apart from that, the race went really well. After our day in the mud, we focused on supporting the team leaders. We were able to do a lot in that role, and that’s really satisfying. I’m happy with two second places as well. Sixth on the next-to-last day was good too. That’s confirmation that we can be competitive. We have another year of experience under our belts, and that’s going to be valuable for the future.”

Wuf van Ginkel had a good second week after a difficult start. He had to fight his way forward from a long way back in the first few days. Just as he had managed that, he got stuck in the mud with Van Genugten, and had to start all over again. “Fortunately, we managed that quite quickly and we were able to be at the front in the second week. We didn’t have much work to do as the fast assistance truck and that’s good news, as it means that things are running smoothly at the front.”

Van Ginkel was happy with his role in Team De Rooy, and is open to repeat it in the future. “I enjoyed myself, the truck is great and I think we can show more of what we are capable of than we did here, so why not?”

Result #500 – Gerard de Rooy / Moi Torrallardona / Darek Rodewald

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stage 5 5 17 1 1 4 9 7 5 5
Overall 5 4 13 5 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3


Result #502 – Federico Villagra / Adrian Yacopini / Ricardo Torlaschi

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stage 9 6 3 5 15 3 2 10 2 3
Overall 9 7 3 2 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4


Result #507 – Ton van Genugten / Anton van Limpt / Bernard der Kinderen

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stage 2 20 12 7 35 2 5 14 6 11
Overall 2 16 12 10 23 23 21 21 21 18 16 16

Result #525 – Wuf van Ginkel / Erik Kofman / Bert van Donkelaar

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stage 42 26 15 10 38 13 11 16 8 10
Overall 42 28 21 16 25 25 23 23 23 20 17 17