N°416 Lightweight vehicle SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

KEES KOOLEN

(nld) 1.79m / 85kg

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2020: 17th (ssv)
2018: 8th (quad)
2017: 17th, 1 stage win (quad)
2016: Ab. Stage 10 (quad)
2015: Ab. Stage 6 (quad)
2014: 37th (truck)
2013: 17th (quad)
2012: 59th (car)
2011: Ab. Stage 6 (car)
2010: Ab. Stage 3 (car)
2009: 69th (bike)

2020: Qatar Cross Country Rally, Baja 500 Portalegre (world champion)
2019: Rallye du Maroc (29th FIA overall)
2017: full World Championship Cross Country (world champion)
2016: Silk Way Rally (car)

Interview

“Experience and being fully fit is important”

Kees Koolen was born as an adventurer and entrepreneur, who enjoys a good challenge and never gives up. The former CEO of Booking.com first entered the Dakar with a bike in 2009 and then started to develop and build his own solo buggy, together with former MotoGP rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh. In 2015, after finishing with the quad and the truck, Koolen became the first man in history to fulfil the Dakar in all categories. Last year he made it five categories, after his debut in the SSV class. This year he returns to that class and again with his longtime friend and Dakar partner Jurgen van den Goorbergh at his side. Van den Goorbergh, winner of the Originals by Motul class in 2016, has been busy lately with the road racing career of his son Zonta, who is competing in the CEV European series and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at world championship level at only 14 years of age.

K.K.: “Usually I spend more times in planes than at home, but this year has been the total opposite due to the Covid pandemic. It was really special to spend so much time at home, but I’ve used it well. Not only in building up some fifteen companies in energy transition, internet and agriculture, but also in keeping fit. The Dakar is not that difficult when you are fully fit. Experience is important as well. As soon as possible I’ve been competing in several rallies, such as in Poland, Spain and Portugal. As Jurgen was working on the race tracks with his son, I’ve been with several other navigators, such as bike rider Mirjam Pol. A very successful and useful experience for both of us. Last year we had little experience in the SSV and therefore endured more problems than necessary, so after this series of events, I hope to be able to drive more easy and get into less problems.”

Vehicle

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

  • Mark : CAN - AM
  • Model : XRS
  • Performance tuner : South Racing – Can am
  • Assistance : South Racing – Can am
  • Class : T4.1 Turbo production SSVs

Ranking 2021

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0 17 17 17
1 27 27 27
2 13 13 21
3 8 8 16
4 22 22 15
5 25 25 16
6 10 10 14
7 13 13 14
8 8 7 10
9 9 9 7
10 20 20 7
11 11 11 6
12 6 6 6

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