N°525 Truck RAINBOW TRUCK TEAM

GERRIT ZUURMOND

(nld)

Sponsors

De Jong Zuurmond, Rosier Van den Bosch, Kleyn Trucks, Kroeze Infra, Lokhoff, Tekstkar, HKV Ochten

2019: ab stage 10 (driver)
2018: ab stage 11 (driver)
2017: ab stage 11 (navigator)
2016: 22nd (navigator)
2015: ab stage 5 (navigator)
2014: 25th (navigator)

2019: Morocco Desert Challenge (ab last stage)
2017: Morocco Desert Challenge (10th)

Interview

“The new experience really appeals to me”

Gerrit Zuurmond isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and stand in the mud up until his knees. His company De Jong Zuurmond is responsible for maintaining the greens on the side of highways and national roads in the Netherlands, but also the borders of rivers and canals. Zuurmond was driving tractors and other machinery for all of his life before he first entered the Dakar as mechanic and navigator with his own team. Since two years Zuurmond is at the wheel of the Rainbow truck, that has the colours of his company. Being a huge fan of MAN trucks he bought a former VEKA MAN. Former “Original by Motul” bike rider Jasper Riezebos returns as navigator with Zuurmond. Riezebos has been gaining experience as a rally car driver himself recently, participating in the Dutch championship together with his brother.

G.Z.: “Unfortunately we had to abandon in the closing stages of the rally three times -twice in the Dakar and earlier this year in the Morocco Desert Challenge- so we have something to make up. After the crash in Morocco we had quite some work to prepare the truck again, but we now know that it is really strong, given the blow we made. The truck now has a new reinforced chassis and a new engine. Thanks to our sponsors, the people in our own team and that of VEKA everything is working well again. I’m looking forward to Saudi Arabia as it seems to be closer to the experience of the old, African Dakar, that really appeals to me. The fact that the roadbooks will be distributed later certainly contributes to this. The primary objective is to finish, but we would also like to end up in the middle bracket. Given the efforts we are making, not only on a technical level, but also physically, we think that this should be possible.”

Vehicle

RAINBOW TRUCK TEAM

  • Mark : MAN
  • Model : H51
  • Performance tuner :
  • Assistance :
  • Class : T4.2 Modified trucks

Ranking 2020

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