GERARD DE ROOY(nld) Born on 21/06/1980 at Eindhoven 1.91m / 88kg
Petronas, De Rooy, Iveco, Sparco, FPT, GoodYearhttp://www.dakar-derooy.com
2017: 3rd (2 stage wins)
2016: 1st (3 stage wins)
2014: 2nd (3 stage wins)
2013: 4th (6 stage wins)
2012: 1st (5 stage wins)
2011: Ab. Stage 1
2009: 3rd (3 stage wins)
2007: Ab. (1 stage win)
2005: 5th (3 stage wins)
2004: 3rd (1 stage win)
2003: Ab. (5 stage wins)
2002: 6th (as mechanic with his dad)
2018: Africa Eco Race (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally
2015: Morocco Rally (4th)
2014: Morocco Rally (1st)
2011: Morocco Rally (2nd)
2009: Silk Way Rally
“Fighting with Kamaz and beating them is the best”
Missing his four kids (three girls and a boy) is the hardest part of the Dakar for Gerard de Rooy. As the CEO of a big transport company he is away from home a lot, but never as long and as far as during the Dakar. The only way to make up to his family is bringing a big trophy home. Of course De Rooy is also closely followed by his dad, the legendary Jan de Rooy who won the Dakar back in 1987. Little Jan de Rooy junior, Gerard’s son, is already looking to step in his dad’s and granddad’s footsteps by racing in the sand with his pedal car. De Rooy will team up with the same crew he had the previous few years -Catalan navigator Moi Torrallardona and Polish mechanic Darek Rodewald- and of course they will take the impressive Iveco Powerstar to the battle field. Team De Rooy will also stage Argentinian Federico Villagra (also with the Powerstar) and Dutchmen Ton van Genugten and Maurik van den Heuvel.
G.d.R.: “I wanted to race in the Africa Eco Race to step into my father’s footsteps and I really enjoyed the excursion. With a gap of over five hours between me and the next truck, Iveco and my sponsors wanted me to return to the Dakar, because of the competition. Indeed, fighting with Kamaz and the other competitors is more of a challenge and beating them is the best. With this much sand and dunes as the route in Peru promises I’m looking forward to the race as well. We decided to bring the Powerstar with rigid axles instead of the one with independent suspension because of its reliability. It’s a proven concept and an updated version of the truck I won with in 2016. I’m happy to team up again with Villagra and Van Genugten and see Van den Heuvel as the new guy in the team. To me the Dakar is the ultimate team effort. You cannot do it on your own. You not only need the best crew in the truck, as the navigator and the mechanic really are decisive factors. You also need the help and backup of your team: the service crew that makes sure the truck is perfectly okay, and the other crews in your team. It is not important which Team De Rooy Iveco is on the top step of the podium, as long as it is a Team De Rooy Iveco.”
PETRONAS TEAM DE ROOY IVECO
- Mark : IVECO
- Model : POWERSTAR
- Performance tuner : Team De Rooy Iveco
- Assistance : Team De Rooy Iveco
- Class : C_T4.2 : T4.2 - Camions Modifiés
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De Rooy shows how it's done
Gerard de Rooy has schooled his rivals in stage 7. The Iveco driver racked up his second stage in as many days with half an hour to spare over Siarhei Viazovich and Eduard Nikolayev. Combined with the bad luck of Dmitry Sotnikov, who has yet to finish the stage, his performance catapulted him to second place overall.
De Rooy now in control
It's now Gerard de Rooy's turn to lead the special after 200 km. The winner of yesterday's stage winner after a race jury decision was fastest through the dunes and immediately opened up an impressive 20-minute gap to Siarhei Viazovich. Eduard Nikolayev (+23'18") is third.
De Rooy falls back
After stellar performances in the first two stages of his Dakar comeback, Gerard de Rooy is floundering in the Duna Grande section. The Iveco driver has lost almost an hour and a half in 100 km!
De Rooy on fire!
The truck category has witnessed its first bit of drama: Gerard de Rooy, on his comeback to the rally after a one-year absence and currently second at the half-way stage, is currently driving with a wheel on fire. It is difficult to see him reaching the finishing line in such conditions, even if the Dutchman isn’t far from his goal!
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