N°528 Truck FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM

RICHARD DE GROOT

(nld) Born on 07/07/1969 at Haarlem

Sponsors

Kenbri Firefighting, Holmatro, JB Trading, H2K

https://www.firemendakarteam.nl/

2018: ab stage 6
2017: 34
2016: 34 (truck, with Ed Wigman)
2015: ab stage 1 (bike)
2014: 66 (bike)
2013: 98 (bike)
2011: 76 (bike)
2010: 41 (bike)
2009: 106 (bike)
2007: 117 (bike)
2006: 75 (bike)

Interview

“Fire fighters are a worldwide family”

They are just a small Dutch team but the Firemen Dakar Team is known all over the world and tremendously popular in South America. Like the previous years they will bring a second hand fire truck and a number of helmets and other gear to donate to the Peruvian fire brigade. Team captain Richard de Groot has been a volunteer in the fire brigade for 14 years next to being a salesman in petrol and other oil products and owner of three local gas stations. He made his debut in the Dakar way back in 2006 as a bike rider and changed to trucks just a few years ago. Both his crew members are fire fighters as well, with navigator Raph van den Elshout being a rookie in the race truck, but not in the team.

Richard de Groot: “The support we got from firemen from all over the world is heart-warming. Fire fighters are a worldwide family and they support and help each other everywhere. With their reception they really make us feel heroes and we are obliged to return the honour by making it to the finish. In 2018 unfortunately we didn’t, but we got help and assistance from all over Peru by other firemen.”

Vehicle

FIREMEN DAKAR TEAM

  • Mark : DAF
  • Model : CF
  • Performance tuner : Firemen Dakar Team
  • Assistance : Firemen Dakar Team
  • Class : C_T4.1 : T4.1 - Camions de Série

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 21 21 21
2 20 20 21
3 19 19 19
4 - - -
5 15 15 17
6 13 13 15
7 14 14 15
8 16 16 14
9 17 17 17
10 12 12 14

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