Winners of the 2016 Dakar rally in the truck class, team De Rooy, will tackle this year’s event on standard Goodyear tyres.
The company’s off-road tyres will be fitted to the team’s four race trucks, while Goodyear Omnitrac mixed-service tyres will be fitted to the team’s service trucks.
Gerard De Rooy is a two-times Dakar truck class winner (2012 and 2016) and will be driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4. He will be joined by Federico Villagra who is competing in his first Dakar and who is also driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4.
Ton Van Genugten will enter his fifth Dakar and will be driving an Iveco Trakker, while new team member Wuf Van Ginkel, with 12 previous Dakar’s under his belt – finishing 4th in 2007 – will similarly compete in an Iveco Trakker.
The race and fast service assistance trucks will all drive on standard 375/90R22.5 off-road ORD Goodyear tyres, while the other service trucks will use 315/80R22.5 Omnitrac MSS II and Omnitrac MSD II truck tyres, mounted on the steer and drive axles respectively.
The first stage of the Dakar rally starts in Asuncion, Paraguay on January 2, 2017.
From there, over 550 trucks, cars and motorcycles cross into Bolivia, driving as far north as La Pax, before heading down into Argentina where the event ends in Buenos Aires on January 14.
The Dakar comprises a total of 12 stages covering over 8 500km across deserts, mountains and rocks that will test the Goodyear tyres to the max.
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