Dakar

N° 501 - TEAM DE ROOY 2014

TORPEDO IVECO

  • IVECO

The vehicule   !

  • Engine type : IVECO Cursor 13, 12,9 liter, 6 cylinder line engin
  • Output : 900 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Assistance : Team De Rooy 2014
  • Weight : 8600
  • Performance tuner : Team De Rooy 2014
  • GERARD DE ROOY (NLD)

    • P

    THE DRIVER   !FacebookTwitter

    • Date of birth: 21/06/1980 at EINDHOVEN
    • Height / weight: 1.91 / 88
    • Situation: Marié, 3 enfants
    • Hobbies: quad
    • Sponsors: Petronas, De Rooy, Iveco Schouten, Sparco, FTP, Geox, Donerre
    • Website: http://www.dakar-derooy.com/
  • TOM COLSOUL (BEL)

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    THE CO-DRIVER   !

    • Date of birth: 20/04/1976 at TIENEN
    • Height / weight: 1.83 / 90
    • Situation: Célibataire
    • Hobbies: quad
    • Sponsors: Petronas, De Rooy, Iveco Schouten, Sparco, FTP, Geox, Donerre
    • Website: http://www.colsoul-rallysport.be/index.php
  • DAREK RODEWALD (NLD)

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    THE MECHANIC   !

    • Date of birth: 28/06/1983 at LUBLINIEC PL
    • Situation: Marié, 1 enfant
    • Hobbies: motorsports
    • Sponsors: Petronas, De Rooy, Iveco Schouten, Sparco, FTP, Geox, Donerre
    • Website: http://www.dakar-derooy.com/

“More and more competitors”

In January 2012, 10 years after his first participation, Gerard De Rooy won the rally of his dreams. After so many heartbreaks, accidents and injuries, the son of 1987 winner, the legendary Jan De Rooy, continued the Dutch clan's tradition on the Dakar. Given how dominating its performance was, it was thought to be the start of a long and successful run for the long-nosed IVECO Powerstar. The following year, the 33-year old Dutchman took the lead on day one, then went on to win five more stages in the opening seven, before setbacks came one after another : broken turbo, followed by a series of punctures on stage nine…farewell victory…farewell podium. De Rooy and team-mates Tom Colsoul and Darek Rosewald will head to the start line of the 2014 edition with revenge on their minds.

G.D.R.: “Last year's Dakar was hard to cope with. We had just one unlucky day but it ruined our place in the overall classifications. Clearly, I was not happy on the arrival podium at Santiago because I was the only one responsible for our disappointment. We suffered a broken turbo and didn't have the spare parts. We should have done better. We haven't competed in any races this year. We concentrated on testing. It is the same truck but we have a new suspension and a new Iveco injection engine. We have focused on the truck's reliability. Our goal will first be to win a maximum number of stages. If we do that the win will naturally follow. The competition is larger in number. There are five Kamaz drivers and Loprais who still pushes hard. They are going to make my life difficult. I hope the long and arduous days will make the difference.”

Quotes

  • Stage 4

    The best special in two or three years!

    It was terrific! A terrific special, I think it's the best one we've had in two or three years. We saw from the beginning that Karginov was too fast and we couldn't keep up with him, so we decided to drive at our own pace, without taking any risks, especially with the tyres. Nevertheless, we were in the link section when we noticed a tyre was slowly deflating and we had to stop to change it. In the second part we overtook Karginov, who had stopped on the left side of the course with a flat tyre. We made a small navigation mistake towards the end, when everyone went right but you actually had to go left, but it was no big deal. The only mishap was when I bumped my left wrist against the steering wheel, but it's nothing to be worried about: some ice, a cool bier and everything will be okay in time for tomorrow!
  • Stage 3

    He must have put some pepper in his ass!

    It was very tough. When we had to stop behind all the cars we were on the small bumps and it kills you. You get shaken; your heart, your kidneys... we felt everything. We drove a good race. We played it safe and didn't have any punctures. Suddenly Nikolaev passed us very quickly, so he must have put some pepper in his ass, and I couldn't keep up with him. But 15 km later he broke down with two front wheels completely broken, so he ran out of good luck. We drove the same race and we're happy with the result. There's a long way yet, but it was good.
  • Stage 2

    Mardeev crashed onto his roof

    It was a nice special but long. I think we drove about two hours, perhaps 1 hour 40. So, that's not really fun. But the parts in the dunes and in the rivers were quite good. In the dunes I made a small mistake and had to back up so we lost some time there. Then Marcel Van Vliet's Man and a Kamaz came in front of me. I passed the Man again and Mardeev was still behind me. We had a good fight in the dunes and after the dunes, but then Mardeev crashed and turned completely onto the top, onto his roof. I don't think he will recover the truck in good shape. But there okay, so we helped them and then we got stuck. We kept trying to go round because he was in the middle of the road. The other guys, they went through a private house, over a tree. That's something I could have done, but we got stuck there for twenty minutes.
  • Stage 1

    "Not my favourite terrain"

    "It was a really tricky stage, very much like those in WRC, which isn't my favourite terrain, but that's the way it is... I felt we didn't go very fast at the beginning of the special, but we caught up with the leading Kamaz, which wasn't going very fast either. We stayed behind it for about 30 km but, as soon as it became possible, I used the Sentinel device and he quickly pulled to the right to let me through. It was a calm, safe day."
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    Gerard De Rooy:"Full gas from the start!"

    The plan is, like usual, to go full gas from the start and during the rest day we will look at what the state is. We will try to have a safe race because if we have a breakdown or a puncture it can cost us the race, so we have to take care about that. The goal is to start very fast, but always driving safely as possible and not taking extra risks. In the last year we've worked to make [the truck] more reliable and to have better access to all the parts when we have a problem, so that we can make changes more quickly than last year. That's the only things we can do to prevent it [happening again]. Kamaz now have five trucks and they have five good drivers, so it's going to be even more difficult when they are in front. It can cause big problems because they won't let you past or they can hold you back. We have four trucks and two which can be out in front, but if it comes down to team tactics, Kamaz is always strongest. They can play the game very well and have been doing it for ten years. So, we'll have to see… we'll have to stay in front of most of the other guys and then I think we'll have a good chance…

Dakar record (since 1999)

2013: 4th (6 stage wins)
2012: 1st (5 stage wins)
2011: Ab. Stage 1
2009: 3rd (3 stage wins)
2007: Ab. (1 stage win)
2005: 5th (3 stage wins)
2004: 3rd (1 stage win)
2003: Ab. (5 stage wins)
2002: 6th

Other palmares

2nd 2011 Morocco Rally
Silk Way Rally 2009, Transorientale

Dakar record (since 1999)

2013: 4th (6 stage wins)
2012: 1st (5 stage wins)
2011: Ab. Stage 1
2009: 3rd (3 stage wins)
2007: Ab. (1 stage win)
2005: 5th (3 stage wins)
2004: 3rd (1 stage win)
2003: Ab. (5 stage wins)

Other palmares

Silk Way Rally 2009, Transorientale, co-driver in WRC rallies

Dakar record (since 1999)

2013: 4th (6 stage wins)
2012: 1st (5 stage wins)
2011: Ab. Stage 1
2010: Ab. (with Adua)
2007: Ab.

Other palmares

 

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