(nld) 1.75m / 70kg


car racing, sailing, flying


Bastion Hotels, Sligro, Farm Frites, Friesland Campina, Van Drunen, Itesso, Makro, Vrumona, Kaptein, Rational, Centercon

2019: ab rest day
2018: 24th
2017: 26th
2016: 50th
2015: 43rd
2014: Ab. Stage 6

2019: Rallye du Maroc (19th), Morocco Desert Challenge (24th)
2018: Morocco Desert Challenge (3rd), Kalahari Botswana Toyota 1000 Desert Race (16th), Rallye du Maroc (13th)
2017: Morocco Desert Challenge (2nd), OiLibya Rallye du Maroc
2016: Silk Way Rally, OiLibya Rallye du Maroc
2015: OiLibya Rallye du Maroc, Libya Rally
2014: Morocco Rally, Baja races
2013: Silk Way Rally (22nd)


“Looking forward to new landscapes”

In daily life Maik Willems is the owner of a hotel chain with 34 hotels and a total of over 3000 rooms in the Netherlands and Germany. Offering comfort and hospitality is his usual priority, but in the Dakar Maik Willems wouldn’t even think of changing his tent in the bivouac for a hotel room. In his business the Dutchman has set his sight on the long term, but in the Dakar he sticks to a day-by-day strategy. In 2019 he had to abandon as they arrived too late in the bivouac on the rest day after running into troubles the day before. Willems will again be with co-driver Rob van Pelt - ‘the man with the golden hands’ according to Willems - who is entering the Dakar for the 18th time and has managed to finish the Dakar on a bike, as a truck driver and as a co-driver in both trucks and cars.

M.W.: “The Bastion Hotels chain is expanding rapidly and we are building some new hotels. Those long term projects are my main responsibility at the moment and I decided to step away from the daily management. My family had hoped I would have more time and be at home more often, but I didn’t manage to do so yet. That doesn’t mean I spend all of my time at work. I go out sailing on my own as often as I can and I like to do some rally raids now and then. I need to do such things to keep my mind clear and stay focussed. The Dakar is like a holiday to me, as we get to cross the most beautiful landscapes one could ever imagine. I’m enjoying every minute and I’m really looking forward to the new horizons we will find in Saudi Arabia.”



  • Marca : TOYOTA
  • Preparador : Overdrive
  • Asistencia : Bastion Hotels Dakar team
  • Clase : T1.1 4x4 TT modificados gasolina

Clasificación 2020

Scratch Etapa General
1 39 39 39
2 36 36 34
3 44 44 38
4 33 33 31
5 39 38 30
6 44 43 30
7 37 37 31
8 40 39 32
9 37 37 30
10 37 37 31
11 37 37 33
12 40 40 32


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