Dakar 2016: Gerard de Rooy, a victory of perseverance


Gerard de Rooy has work by flag. The pilot Dutch do not like the easy targets and proof of this is that it took eight years to win his first Dakar. It was in 2012, in his second year with the Iveco Powerstar Torpedo 4×4. A just reward for all the effort made over the years at the controls of the DAF FAV 85cf series and Finaf X2222, two vehicles that were given many stage victories, but at the same time there were at the height of the all-powerful Kamaz. Had to travel to South america and left the soul to add that desired ‘Touareg’.

despite the victory in 2012, forged in five stage wins, Gerard de Rooy has fought always against and the harsh reality he placed behind of Kamaz in 2013 and 2014. Despite adding 6 stage wins in 2013 in which it was his Dakar’s most complete, was not able to move from the fourth position. A year later it was second, while that in 2015 things will not were anything very well, and after suffering several problems could not move from the ninth position. A touch on the pride of Gerard de Rooy.

For this reason, De Rooy launched their bet more ambitious for this Dakar 2016. The pilot Dutch lined up five trucks in your computer by Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco’ counting behind the wheel of four of them, with Federico Villagra, Pep Vila, Ton Van Genugten and Ales Loprais, traditional rival of De Rooy, which raced here the fifth unit of the new Iveco Powerstar Torpedo, tested for the occasion in Morocco. a total of 52 people comprised the team of Gerard de Rooy to make an assault on the Dakar in an edition in which Kamaz came to the counter and with clear signs of weakness.


A victory that has a Spanish flavor and also taste of
. Gerard de Rooy was shaken in the Rally of Morocco for the
tragedy that in this test lost his life Jurgen Damen, the usual
co-pilot of the Dutch. A circumstance which far from discourage Of
Rooy you motivated to get the victory in this Dakar. To do this told
with the Spanish Moi Torrallardona in the work of navigation
while the team was completed by the mechanic Darek Rodewald.
A formation of high flying that had one goal, rendin tribute to
Jurgen Damen.

And the mission was a good port. Gerard de Rooy
he has won three stages to get his second Dakar
, although the basis
his victory in this Dakar 2016 has been the regularity. The Dutch have
avoided problems at any stage, and while the Kamaz suffered
in various circumstances, the Iveco Powerstar Torpedo #501 at
without problems. The regularity has been the flag of Gerard de Rooy, who
has not been dropped from the top eight positions in any of the stages
and has given a moral blow to their rivals in the dunes. Victory