“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.”