De Rooy goes for Dakar gold on Goodyear truck tyres 07 December 2016

The De Rooy race team, which won the 2016 Dakar rally truck class in an Iveco Powerstar 4X4, says it is going for gold again in the world’s toughest race – driving on standard Goodyear off-road tyres.

Goodyear Offroad ORD truck tyres have been selected for Gerard De Rooy’s four race trucks, while Goodyear Omnitrac mixed-service tyres are the selection for the service trucks.

The line-up for the 2017 De Rooy team comprises:

Gerard De Rooy - two times Dakar truck class winner (2012 & 2016), driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4

Fredrico Villagra - 3rd in his first Dakar in 2016, driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4

Ton Van Genugten - 5th in Dakar 2016, driving an Iveco Trakker

And Wuf Van Ginkel – a new team member with 12 Dakars under his belt, driving an Iveco Trakker.

De Rooy says the choice of Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres is based on a long and successful partnership, with engineers from the Goodyear Innovation Centre in Luxembourg optimising tyre performance for all conditions during the Dakar 2017.

“The Goodyear Offroad ORD 375/90R22.5 truck tyres are fantastic and were a key element in us winning the 2016 event,” states De Rooy.

“We have had incredible technical support from Goodyear engineers and this is why we have chosen Goodyear again.”

In detail, the race trucks will compete on standard Goodyear 375/90R22.5 Offroad ORD tyres, as will all the fast service assistance trucks.

The other service trucks will use Goodyear 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 rally starts in Asuncion, Paraguay on 2 January 2017, and the teams will have to complete 12 stages and more than 8,500km of challenging terrain including deserts, high mountains and rocks.

More than 550 trucks, cars and motorcycles will cross into Bolivia, driving up to La Pax and then down into Argentina where the event ends in Buenos Aries on 14 January 2017.

The Dakar comprises a total of 12 stages covering over 8,500 km of the most challenging terrain including deserts, high mountains and rocks.

Brian Tinham

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