Iveco and FPT Industrial are sponsoring Team De Rooy from the Netherlands at Dakar 2013. Renewing a partnership that led to major successes at the 2012 edition, Iveco and FPT Industrial have supplied Team De Rooy with vehicles, engines and spare parts. The provided vehicles embarked via cargo ship with an estimated 700 race, assistance, organisation and press vehicles from the Port of Le Havre, in the north of France.
The journey to South America will take 21 days, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and passing through the Panama Canal.
Recognized as the world’s premier off-road rally, garnering millions of followers each time, the race sets off on 5 January from Lima, Peru, and ends on 20 January in Santiago, Chile, crossing through Argentina.
The Petronas De Rooy Iveco Team will compete at Dakar 2013 with two 4×4 New Trakkers (Evolution 3), two 4×4 New Trakkers (Evolution 2) and one Iveco Powerstar, a vehicle produced and sold by Iveco in Australia.
All the vehicles are equipped with FPT Industrial’s Cursor 13 engines, which generate up to 840 horsepower.
Rally truck 1, an Iveco Powerstar, sleeper cab version, will be driven by 32-year-old team leader Gerard de Rooy, winner of the Dakar 2012. Rally truck 2, an Iveco New Trakker Evolution 3 day cab version, will be driven by Dutch rally driver Hans Stacey. Rally truck 3, an Iveco New Trakker Evolution 2 day cab version, will be driven by Italian driver Miki Biasion, a Dakar veteran who has previously competed three times in the race car category and five times in the truck category.
Rally truck 4, an Iveco New Trakker Evolution 3 day cab version, will be driven by team-newcomer René Kuipers, a seasoned motorbike and car rally racer from the Netherlands. French driver Jo Adua, a seven-time Dakar competitor, will drive the final rally truck 5, an Iveco New Trakker Evolution 2.
In addition to the rally trucks, there will be seven assistance vehicles tasked with providing vehicle support and assistance during the competition. The vehicles consist of five Iveco New Trakkers (an 8×8 truck, two 6×6 trucks, a 4×4 truck and a 6×6 camper) and one Daily 4×4 truck.
Dakar 2013 marks the third year Iveco and FPT Industrial have partnered with Team De Rooy, first debuting together at the 2011 Morocco Rally. They collaborated once again this past October at the 2012 Morocco Rally where team drivers Gerard de Rooy and Miki Biasion respectively placed first and second in the special truck category. As Morocco is regarded as a preparatory run leading up to Dakar, their results are a positive lead up to the far more intense challenge ahead.
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