N°429 SSV MEC TEAM

KEES KOOLEN

(nld) 1.79m / 85kg

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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)

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

Interview

“The SSV is like sitting at home on the couch”

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 his third attempt Koolen made it to the finish and at the spot decided he wanted to be the first in the history of the Dakar to make it to the finish in all four classes. He fulfilled that challenge in 2015, after finishing with the quad and the truck. After that Koolen returned to the quad, becoming world champion in 2017. Now that the SSV are an official category, Koolen wants to continue his challenge and maintains his record of finishing in all (five) classes. He will have 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 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at world championship level at only 13 years of age.

K.K.: “Driving the Can-Am Maverick is like sitting at home on the couch, reading the newspaper. You don't feel anything. The suspension is perfect. It drives very well. The top speed is 120 or so; you can drive 130 but they do not achieve that. Because everybody has more or less the same material it is extra fun, because then you really know who is the fastest.”

Vehicle

MEC TEAM

  • Mark : CAN-AM
  • Model : MAVERIK X3
  • Performance tuner : MEC
  • Assistance : MEC
  • Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 23 23 23
2 17 17 19
3 37 37 23
4 21 21 24
5 16 16 22
6 15 14 19
7 11 11 16
8 9 8 12
9 32 32 16
10 35 35 18
11 9 9 17
12 16 16 17

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