Iveco and Gerard de Rooy win their second Dakar Rally!
Three Iveco trucks in the Top 5: outstanding After 13 very hard stages across Argentina’s and Bolivia’s toughest roads, Iveco has shown, hand in hand with Gerard de Rooy, how its Powerstar can perform under all kinds of conditions winning the world's most
Gerard de Rooy did it again. After his victory with Iveco back in 2012, the Dutch pilot climbed back up to the top with his second victory in five years at the Dakar.
Thus, he continues to be the only pilot capable of curtailing the Kamaz hegemony since the Rally takes place in South America, as the Russian brand had been the winner in six out of the seven previous competitions.
Piloted by the Catalonian Moi Torrllardona and assisted by Polish mechanic Darek Rodewald −with whom he also won in 2012−, Gerard de Rooy was able to keep a constant pace with his Iveco Powerstar throughout the race. He won three stages and widened the differences when needed and during the hardest special stages when they had to cross the northeastern dunes of Argentina.
This Saturday's last stage took place between Villa Carlos Paz and Rosario. The winner for the 180-km speed section was Hans Stacey, where Gerard de Rooy and Federico Villagra’s Iveco trucks were able to make the most of the lead they held in the general. The Argentinean pilot, who surprised everyone in his debut in the Dakar Trucks category, finished the competition in a spectacular third position and stepped onto the podium in Rosario.
Ton van Genugten, who joined Team Petronas de Rooy, also finished the Dakar with a great performance in 5th place. Despite having lost his 4th position to Stacey today, van Genugten made it to the Top 5 with his Iveco Trakker. For the first time in the Dakar history, Iveco boasts three trucks amongst the Top 5 in the world’s toughest competition.
In turn, the Catalonian Pep Vila also achieved his goal and arrived in 10th place after Stage 13. The seasoned pilot had stated that he stood good chances of making it to the Top 10 provided that the Iveco leaders encountered no problems, and that’s exactly what happened. Today he managed to keep Artur Ardavichus behind eventually reaching his goal.
In Cars, Stephane Peterhansel won his sixth Dakar, thus finishing his 12th Rally, including his participation in Bikes. In this category, the Australian pilot Toby Price won his first Dakar after taking a spot on the podium in the previous edition. Finally, in Quads, the Patronelli brothers' comeback could not be any better: Marcos was the winner followed by Alejandro in second place.
Results Stage 13