N°518 Truck ITALTRANS

CLAUDIO BELLINA

(ita) Born on 21/07/1962

10 Dakar participations
2019: 13th
2015 : 26th
2013 : 23rd
2011 : 15th
2010 : 10th
2007 : 23rd
2005 : 3rd (codriver of G.Vismara)

2007: Pharaons Rally, 2nd
2006: Pharaons Rally, 2nd

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“Trucks are my passion and my work”

A fleet of more than one thousand blue trucks with the branding ItalTrans circulate every day on the Italian highways. The company, founded by Claudio Bellina, counts more than 1,000 drivers plus employees and specialized staff working in the logistic. For Claudio, passionate about racing and in particular rally raid, since 1992, when he was in Africa, assisting his brother competing in the Dakar Rally. A few years later, it was his turn to be at the starting blocks of the Dakar and since than he competed in ten Dakars, four in Africa and six in South America. In January 2020, he will be in Saudi Arabia to discover the third chapter of the legendary Dakar Race, sharing the adventure with the same crew as last year: he will count on the huge experience of Giulio Minelli as a co-driver (18 Dakar in total) and Bruno Gotti as a mechanic at his second participation.

“Trucks are my passion and my work. They belong to my daily routine, so it was the natural vehicle for me to race the Dakar. It is also a way to involve and motivate the people of my company, who work with trucks and count 1,000 drivers. The Dakar truck is prepared in our company and some of my mechanics are part of the support crew on the Rally, so our adventure is followed and supported by the whole company. But there is another reason why I chose to compete with the truck. Compared to racing with a bike or a car, truck is the safest way, so I feel more comfortable, considering my commitments with my work and my family. In 2013 I did an incident with the truck in the dust. Everything went well thanks to these robust vehicles! Next year my son turns 18 and as a birthday gift I would like to share the Dakar adventure with him. For safety reasons, I will recommend him to do it with trucks. As my work is operational, I admire a lot the huge organization machine of A.S.O. I did my first Dakar when I was young and I’m still doing it now that I am 58 and grandfather. Africa will always remain in my heart and remains the reference, but I appreciated also the editions in South America. I think the change of continent arrived at the right moment. We are very excited to discover a new country. It will be interesting to explore a country, which has been closed to the tourists for many years”.

Vehicle

ITALTRANS

  • Mark : DAF
  • Model : X2223
  • Performance tuner : ITALTRANS
  • Assistance : ITALTRANS
  • Class : T4.2 Modified trucks

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