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N°511 Camion EUROL TEAM DE ROOY IVECO

MITCHEL VAN DEN BRINK

(nld) 1.92m / 87kg

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Racing, motocross and fitness

Interview

“I’ve been involved since I was young”

With a driver that’s 20 years-old and a mechanic that’s 23, the Euro Team De Rooy Iveco squad certainly has youth on its side for two-thirds of the line-up, with driver Mitchel van der Brink following in his father’s footsteps with near-neighbour Jarno van de Pol acting as mechanic. Bringing experience to the table is co-driver Moi Torrallardona, who points out that his age is more than the combined ages of his two team-mates!


M.v.d.B.: “My father started the Dakar in 2008 and since then I’ve had an interest. I’ve been involved in working on the project and especially in the technical aspects since I was young. I would test the trucks as a mechanic, but also driving them since I was 14. I'm really happy to participate with the new Iveco. We tested in Morocco and it’s a comfortable truck, so I'm looking forward to making the most of our new engine in this truck.
This will be my first time as an independent driver as before I was part of the assistance crew, so had to be behind my team-mates. Now I can go for my own results so this will be interesting. I know Jarno very well as he lives close to my house and he’s often in our workshop. Moi, I met on the last Dakar. We have spent two weeks together in Morocco. He's a very nice guy and he's very experienced, so I have a lot of trust in him.”


J.v.d.P.: “As a mechanic I have a lot of experience, but not as a mechanic in the truck. So many things are new, but we did some testing in Morocco and honestly, everything felt great. There will be a lot of work to do -it’s not just about sitting next to my team-mates and paying attention to the tyre pressures! I’ve been working on my physical condition and making sure I know everything I can about the truck so I’m as prepared as I can be for this great event.”

M.T.: “It's going to be my 14th or 15th Dakar, but I’ve never contested the event in Saudi Arabia, just South Africa and South America. It's a great challenge for me to do Saudi because everything is different, so I’m looking forward to it. I've worked with the team in different roles over the years. I know Mitchel’s father well and I know Jarno. We’ve been testing together, myself and two young guys whose combined age is less than mine! They might be very young, but they are really, really good. I don't feel like a father as they are very, very nice guys and very mature in their approach. I feel confident with them.”

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EUROL TEAM DE ROOY IVECO

IVECO IVECO POWERSTAR
EUROL TEAM DE ROOY IVECO

  • IVECO
  • IVECO POWERSTAR
  • FPT
  • De Rooy
  • T5.1 : Camions Tout-terrain Prototypes

Classement 2023

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Dépêches - 12/01 14:30 [GMT +3] - Camion

Mitchel Van Den Brink à l’arrêt !

Troisième au km 189, Mitchel Van Den Brink est stoppé au km 213 depuis de longues minutes en raison d’un problème. Le fils de Martin déclare en avoir pour plusieurs heures avant de pouvoir repartir. 

Dépêches - 11/01 15:16 [GMT +3] - Camion

Mitchel Van Den Brink aux manettes

Au km 60, Mitchel Van Den Brink détient le meilleur chrono provisoire et relègue Pascal De Baar à 2’30’’. Martin Macik passe troisième à plus de 3’, non loin devant Janus Van Kasteren. Martin Van Den Brink, père de Mitchel, complète le Top 5 provisoire à un peu moins de 5’. 

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Dépêches - 10/01 12:44 [GMT +3] - Camion

Des problèmes pour Macik et Van Den Brink

Martin Van Den Brink et Martin Macik figurent parmi les quelques camions à s’être arrêtés à hauteur du km 136. Les deux pilotes Iveco perdent de grosses minutes… Pendant ce temps, Janus Van Kasteren a rallié le km 163 en tête avec 3’26’’ d’avance sur le Renault de Pascal De Baar. Ales...

Dépêches - 10/01 11:20 [GMT +3] - Camion

15’’ entre les deux leaders

Martin Ven Den Brink a été chronométré avec le meilleur temps provisoire au km 43. Il compte pour le moment 15’’ d’avance sur Martin Macik et près de 1’20’’ sur Ales Loprais. Entré en matière compliquée pour Janus Van Kasteren, déjà pointé...

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