N°522 Truck FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM

RICHARD DE GROOT

(nld)

Hobbies

Rally, enduro, motorbikes

Sponsors

TeleRadioNorge, TeleRadioDeutschland, TeleRadioPolska, TeleRadioGroup, TeleRadioBenelux, Kenbri Fire Fighting, Kenbri Export, VSDV Transport.

2021: ab stage 3
2020: 13th
2019: 14th (truck, driver)
2018: ab stage 6 (truck, driver)
2017: 34th (truck, driver)
2016: 34th (truck, navigator with Wigman)
2015: ab stage 1 (bike)
2014: 66th (bike)
2013: 98th (bike)
2011: 76th (bike)
2010: 41st (bike)
2009: 106th (bike)
2007: 117th (bike)
2006: 75th (bike)

Interview

“Step by step but… always towards the top!”

A rally racing truck manned solely by firefighters. The maintenance crew, also solely firefighters. And the truck, an overhauled fire truck, of course! Firemen Dakar Team is, given the Dakar-standards, a small team with a small budget. However, their ambition is to have a great impact during competing in the Dakar rally for next couple of years. Next to rally racing ‘addiction’ they are firefighters as well. This means assistance is in their blood. And that’s why they try to raise and collect equipment locally, then donate this equipment and educate to less fortunate firefighters and barracks. As they like to say: “there is no I, just we!”.

Richard de Groot: “When you buy a truck like this, that has proven its quality in the Dakar over the years, it shows the ambitions are high. We have bought this wonderful truck with a 3 to 5 years project in mind. The Iveco Powerstar is capable of top 5 results. Finishing is and remains our main goal, but I can’t deny our aim is higher, unfortunately we had some bad luck last Dakar. Our motto is ‘to go fast like the fire brigade’ and with the Iveco we will be even faster. Top 10 should be possible, but not at all costs.”

Vehicle

FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM

IVECO MAGIRUS 4X4 DRNL
FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM

  • IVECO
  • MAGIRUS 4X4 DRNL
  • Team De Rooy Iveco
  • Firemen Dakar Team
  • Truck > 10,000 cc

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