“One of the best truck competitions ever”
A master of race circuits, winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and having competed in 23 Formula One races, Jan Lammers fell in love with the Dakar in 2010. After a first attempt at the off-road rally that ended after 7 stages, the Dutchman has reached the finish line ever since, including a fine 19th spot in 2011. The 57-year-old will once again show up in the truck class behind the steering wheel of his big Ginaf X222. For his fifth Dakar, Jan will have at his side mechanic Roelof Blankespoor and truck newcomer Thomas De Bois who used to compete on a bike. Part of the Ginaf Rally Service team, Lammers is still in a learning process and has the goal to one day be as successful on the Dakar as he was on race tracks.
J.L.: “Our truck should be able to run anywhere been the 10th and 20th position in the rally but it all depends on how much risk you take and also how the new entered trucks perform. If they prove to be reliable, they should be very fast. The new Ginaf four wheel steering trucks of Wuf and Edwin Van Ginkel and Jos Smink have done very little or no running. They're my ‘big brothers' in the Ginaf family and let's hope they stay out of trouble. If we manage to be in the top 20 every day then this could add up to a nice final result and most importantly it will add miles to my experience. I hope one day I will be able to use that experience and run for the top spots!”