Van den Heuvel Logistiek BV, Tricorp, Derks Bedrijfswagens Uden, Unibouw, Nijol, Scania, Synergie, De Groot, Houcon, Van Berlo, Greenpointhttp://www.dakarspeed.nl/
Maurik van den Heuvel was well on his way to finish in the top 10 last year when everything went horribly wrong. After his truck toppled over the day after the rest day that was the beginning of a string of troubles. And while problems got worse, sleep got less: from four hours a night, to two hours, to ten minutes. But they made it to the finish, with not only a medal around their neck but also a huge collection of stories to tell in the pub. In the bits of spare time he has as the owner of a transport and logistics company with over 100 vehicles Van den Heuvel and his team have continuously worked at the truck all year long to avoid the problems they had last year.
M.V.D.H.: “I thought running in the top 10 was the biggest satisfaction one can have in the Dakar, but maybe I was wrong. The biggest satisfaction is when you make it after going through really tough times. I never looked back at where we finished, as we were just too happy with the medal itself. The work we did as a team, never giving in, was such a wonderful experience. And now we have worked equally as hard to get the truck in shape again and solve the problems. Well, we’ve had the tough times - and will have some to come for sure – but hopefully this year the satisfaction of a top 10 finish will come as a reward.”
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