Dakar

N° 508 - EUROL / VEKA MAN RALLY TEAM

TGS 480 MAN

  • MAN

El vehículo   !

  • Motor : 6 cilinder diesel, 12.000cc
  • Potencia : >530kW / >700bhp
  • Asistencia : VEKA MAN WITH A MISSION
  • Preparador : VEKA MAN WITH A MISSION
  • MARCEL VAN VLIET (NLD)

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    EL PILOTO   !Facebook

    • Fecha de nacimiento: 07/10/1970 en GOUDA
    • Estatura / peso: 1.90 / 95
    • Situation: Marié, 3 enfants
    • Hobbies: water sports
    • Sponsors: Veka, Eurol, HDI, MAN, FERM
    • Sitio web: http://www.veka-racing.nl/nl/dakar.html
  • MARCEL PRONK (NLD)

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    EL COPILOTO   !Facebook

    • Fecha de nacimiento: 08/01/1974 en VENHUIZEN
    • Estatura / peso: 1.89 / 82
    • Situation: En couple
    • Hobbies: skiing and travelling
    • Sponsors: Veka, Eurol, HDI, MAN, FERM
    • Sitio web: http://www.veka-racing.nl/nl/dakar.html
  • ARTUR KLEIN (DEU)

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“The devil is the most competitive rival!”

Ironically, it was on the third step of the 2010 podium that Marcel Van Vliet thought about ending his career. A call from the Veka team finally convinced Van Vliet to return, behind the steering wheel of a MAN. And a successful edition it was for the Dutchman who eventually finished 7th, in 2011. On his third Dakar in the Veka MAN team, he captured his first ever stage win. Eleven years after his first appearance, in a car, Van Vliet will be back, alongside German mechanic Artur Klein in the MAN truck, and former Dakar biker Marcel Pronk who lives in Dubai, like his driver. The goal will be to do at least as well as in 2010.

M.V.V.: “I wasn't completely satisfied with my 8th spot last year. I was hoping to finish in the Top 5 but we suffered small technical issues and some bad luck. It was already a very competitive race and it'll be even more the case this year. Fifteen to twenty can fight for the podium. We didn't have the opportunity to race this year but trained and tested the truck a lot. It's a completely new vehicle. Our goal will be a place on the podium. My third place of 2010 was too long ago now. Last year three of the drivers of the Veka-MAN team for this Dakar were in the top 10 (Versluis, Van Vliet and new recruit Kuipers). There's a great spirit in the squad. We'll have no team orders but you can't compete for a podium spot alone on a Dakar. You need the help of team mates. We have a competitive truck and our goal is to avoid bad luck. The devil is the most competitive rival”.

Reacciones

  • Etapa 2

    Una bonita pelea

    "Hoy hemos protagonizado una bonita pelea con Mardeev y De Rooy. Me han adelantado en las dunas y he decidido no seguirles el paso porque estaban totalmente desatados, como perros de caza. Un poco más adelante, Mardeev volcaba, lo he visto con mis propios ojos. También he visto cómo De Rooy les ayudaba a salir del habitáculo. Al ver que estaban asistidos he decidido pasar por el otro lado, algo que he podido hacer sin dificultad, de ahí que haya sido el primero en llegar. ¡Estoy feliz, como imaginarán!"

Historial Dakar (desde 1999)

2013: 8th
2012: 23rd (1 stage win)
2011: 7th
2010: 3rd (Ginaf)
2009: 11th
2007: Ab. (truck)
2005: Ab. (car)
2003: Ab. (car)

Palmarés otras carreras

Silk Way Rally (5th in 2010)

Historial Dakar (desde 1999)

2013: 8th
2009: 25th (bike)
2007: 40th (bike)

Palmarés otras carreras

Historial Dakar (desde 1999)

2013: 8th
2012: Ab. (with Echter)
2011: 5th (with Echter)
2009: 5th (with Echter)

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