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Dakar 2008: Dutch De Rooy Team will start with Iveco Engines.

The organisation of the rally made the 30th edition of the mammoth rally heavier than ever. Almost 6,000 kilometres against the chronograph in 15 days. An opiate to grief is that the connecting stages are shorter. Obviously the Dutch Truck-Team De Rooy will be present although it took some time before the De Rooy family gave the go-ahead to start with the preparation of the vehicles.

In good harmony they said good-bye to DAF Trucks as the truck manufacturer was no longer able to spend time on the development of rally engines due to their own development activities. Therefore, father and son de Rooy had to look for another engine, which was finally the 13 litre Cursor engine from Iveco.

In the spring of this year they got in touch with Iveco Schouten, an Iveco dealer with several companies in the Netherlands. This contact resulted in a commercial agreement followed by tests in Tunisia. At that time it was not known what the requirements of the FIA would be with regard to the building-in of the engine, so this meant also a postponement of the construction.

In the meantime the Team is working very hard on the construction of the 3 rally trucks and the 2 assistance trucks. The trucks are being built on the basis of the Ginaf configuration with the 13 litre Iveco-engine. The crew of the rally trucks of the Team de Rooy has hardly undergone changes. Jan de Rooy still sees the familiar face of Danny Colebunders beside him while Gerard de Rooy rides with as well his pal Tom Colsoul as Arno Slaats.

Hugo Duisters drives the fast assistance truck in the rally and will be assured of the assistance of his regular croney and navigator Yvo Geusens. In total we will see only 2 new faces in the 5 vehicles.

2007/11/21 | 13:47 CET | Editor: MR/HS/De Rooy

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