Janus van Kasteren junior has years of rally raid and offroad experience but entering the Dakar for the first time last year wasn’t a logical step. He had enjoyed driving a truck and before that a SxS in the Morocco Desert Challenge and Baja Aragon, but that was about it: a hobby, one week a year, as he is busy enough in his company Boss Machinery, trading big machines for the building and construction industry. But his successful debut in the Mammoet Rallysport team of compatriot Martin van den Brink made a big change. Van Kasteren and his partner are expecting their first child shortly after the Dakar of 2019 but he is determined to bring home a trophy.
J.v.K.: “We’ve gained a lot of experience in the 2018 edition. I am very happy with the agreement that both Martin van den Brink and I are going for the best result on an equal base. Of course, we will always help Martin if needed: we are a team. But we have showed last year that we are capable of good results, with a few top 10 finishes. Our first goal is of course to reach the finish. In addition, it is indeed the intention to regularly show up at the top of the day rankings. I have a lot of confidence in the team and the truck. I’ll have a new team with me in the truck: navigator Erwin van den Bosch, with whom I have seven years of experience in several rallies, and mechanic Frank van Hoof, who was with us in Morocco. We all know each other well and it clicks between us.”
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