Discover the stories of the Dakar's heroes Inside the Bivouac
N°243 Car BASTION HOTELS DAKAR TEAM

MAIK WILLEMS

(nld) 1.75m / 70kg

Hobbies

Car racing, sailing, flying

Sponsors

Bastion Hotels, Sligro, Farm Frites, Friesland Campina, Van Drunen, Itesso, Makro, Vrumona, Kaptein, Rational, Centercon.

2022: 40th
2020: 32nd
2019: ab rest day
2018: 24th
2017: 26th
2016: 50th
2015: 43rd
2014: Ab. Stage 6

2019: Rallye du Maroc (19th), Morocco Desert Challenge (24th)
2018: Morocco Desert Challenge (3rd), Kalahari Botswana Toyota 1000 Desert Race (16th), Rallye du Maroc (13th)
2017: Morocco Desert Challenge (2nd), OiLibya Rallye du Maroc
2016: Silk Way Rally, OiLibya Rallye du Maroc
2015: OiLibya Rallye du Maroc, Libya Rally
2014: Morocco Rally, Baja races
2013: Silk Way Rally (22nd)

Interview

“We’ll see what they have in store for us this time!”

Maik Willems and Robert Van Pelt boast one of the most experienced Dakar partnerships, facing their ninth event together in the Bastion Hotels team for 2023. Willems, owner of the hotel chain that backs their Toyota Hilux, made his debut with an unforgettable South American adventure in 2014. Co-driver Van Pelt did eight Dakars on a bike, then switched to a truck for three events before joining forces with Willems from 2014. The pair have a six out of eight finishing record, including a best of 24th place in 2018. Despite his ’day job’, Willems will be sleeping in a small tent…


Maik Willems: “You’re never 100% prepared for the Dakar, but we are as prepared as you can be. It’s our ninth Dakar together, so Robert and I work like a well oiled machine. Our goal is just to finish, focusing on each day as it comes.
“It’s important to be prepared for problems, but not get too obsessed by what might happen. The Dakar is all about challenges. Every day is different, with the organisers always finding something new for you to master. We’ll see what they have in store for us this time!
“My first Dakar in Peru is still my most memorable. I’d never seen such amazing dunes. It was just a remarkable event and a lot of fun. I’d say the driving challenge was similar to other Dakars, but the atmosphere in South America was special.
“I don’t know how many more Dakars I’ll do, but the next one is always the most beautiful!”

Vehicle

BASTION HOTELS DAKAR TEAM

TOYOTA HILUX
BASTION HOTELS DAKAR TEAM

  • TOYOTA
  • HILUX
  • Overdrive
  • Bastion Hotels Dakar team
  • T1.1 Prototype Cross-Country Cars 4x4

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