“I wouldn't like to finish last but if it has to be, it has to be”
After coming to the start of the Dakar with a press car back in 2008, Willem Kien finally discovered the race for the first time four years later in a Jeep Wrangler he completely rebuilt. The Dutchman who is actually a Jeep dealer back home sadly failed to finish his first Dakar due to a clutch issue. Two years later, he returns with his “problem solving” co-driver Jos Schotanus and his good old Wrangler that has been fully tested and improved. And in case of mechanical issues, Willem will also be able to count on his team mate and business partner Henk Theunissen, driving a Dodge RAM, who will do all he possibly can to bring both cars of team GO2DAKAR to the finish line.
K.W.: “Every year I watched the Dakar on TV and would see my friends take off. I wanted to do it myself. In 2012 we suffered clutch problems. It was really frustrating to quit. We prepared for this Dakar at 100% and worked on all the technical issues. We made our Jeep much better. I'm a Jeep dealer so driving another car is out of the question. The Dakar is a bit of a marketing tool for us. We hope to stay fit and have no accidents. The goal is just to finish. I wouldn't like to be last but if it has to be, it has to be.”