|SA Dakar 2011: Koolen en V.d. Goorbergh to start with Hayabusa Buggy.|
The countdown has begun for Kees Koolen and Jurgen van den Goorbergh as their new "Super-B GoKoBra" buggies will be shipped on the boat to Buenos Aires in readiness for the Dutch duo to compete in the annual South America Dakar Rally. Already a tremendous amount of work has been undertaken on the single seated cars.
Participating in the SA-Dakar Rally with a motorbike was a dream for Koolen and Van den Goorbergh. But that became reality when both competed in the tortuous event in 2009 prompting them to face the challenge of contesting the world’s toughest rally with a single seated buggy. That attempt this year ended in disappointment when both retired after three days. Now Jurgen and Kees are out for revenge, this time they will participate in the Dakar 2011 with their own buggy.
The new buggy designed and built by Henk Hellegers and Roel Brussen in close collaboration with Van den Goorbergh and Koolen, is longer and wider and therefore more stable.
A 1300cc Hayabusa engine that delivers over 200 horsepower, with a manual gear system is the chosen power plant. Koolen and Van den Goorbergh have deliberately chose to set-up a small yet efficient team with themselves as the only two riders in the race. The back up team includes a 6x6 assistance truck with four technicians providing the necessary support.
"The buggy was given the name ‘GoKoBra’, after a combination of Goorbergh-Koolen-Brussen", says Van den Goorbergh. "We are registered in the race as ´Team GoKoBra Super B´ thanks to a new major sponsor of the team, being the manufacturer of a new type of battery based on lithium-ion technology based in the Netherlands. Also we have entered a collaboration with sports marketing agency GR8 in Breda and are anxiously looking for additional sponsoring.’
During the Rally Van den Goorbergh and Koolen will be careful with the material. Both of them have extensive experience in enduro racing with a motorbike and they know how important it is to be friendly to the material.
"Because you are on your own driving ánd navigating and you will carry just a few spare parts, you have to deal with the buggy like you are dealing with a motorcycle" explains Van den Goorbergh. "The Dakar Rally is a game of sixteen successive days so you should definitely not start too wild with your material."
For more informations please visit the official website at [ www.vdgoorbergh.com ].
2010/11/22 | 13:16 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GOKOBRA