Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO sets off to South America to defend its historic win in 2016
For the seventh consecutive year, the team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO will take part in the 2017 edition of the Dakar rally with its three trucks: an IVECO Powerstar 4x4 and two IVECO Trakker 4x4 vehicles.
Dakar 2017 is set to be an extremely challenging race, with well-prepared, fierce competition: the 39th edition of the most famous rally in the world will once again be hosted in South America. Starting on January 2nd from Asunción, in Paraguay, the race route winds through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, covering more than 9 thousand kilometres to finish in Buenos Aires on January 14th.
Gerard De Rooy will lead the team with co-pilot Moi Torralardona on the first IVECO Powerstar. Ton van Genugten and co-pilot Anton van Limpt step up to compete on the second truck, an IVECO Trakker after their exceptional 5th place at the Dakar 2016 with the support truck, which this year will be driven by Wuf van Ginkel and Bert van Donkelaar
An IVECO Powerstar 4x4 and two IVECO Trakker 4x4 vehicles will tackle mile upon mile of extreme terrains in the 2017 edition of the endurance race for off-road vehicles. The trucks are equipped with IVECO Cursor 13 engines with up to 900 hp of power specially engineered by FPT Industrial – the powertrain brand of CNH Industrial – for the rally. Seven additional vehicles - six Trakker and one Daily - will complete the Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO line-up, providing support and assistance.
IVECO will keep its fans up to date throughout the rally on www.iveco.com/dakar, following the race step by step with daily updates from South America. The website narrates a journey through the world’s most difficult and demanding off-road race. The website, published in English and Spanish, will be updated every day with Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO’s results and performance data, plus multimedia content transmitted directly from the course itself. Likewise, the Iveco’s social media channels will be updated every day, with all the latest news as well as reports, videos and photos.
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