|SA-Dakar 2012: Former F1-driver Jos Verstappen eventually with Racetruck.|
Nasser Al Attiyah and Lucas Cruz with Robby Gordon (we reported)? This rumours became true. But a second story told, that there will be another, "new/old star" coming... but really?
But first back to Robby Gordon. The US-American will be calling on the services of Johnny Campbell as navigator in his Hummer. The former biker, who finished 8th in his only Dakar in 2001 (but who has won the Baja 1000 eleven times!), will be making his debut as a co-pilot on the event.
He is very proud to be on-board a car capable of doing battle for the very top places: "I always said that I’d come back to the Dakar to win when the opportunity came along. When Robby called me, I knew it was the right time," says the ambitious US-American.
As the Dakar-organizer ASO told, another major figure of motorsport will be making his first appearance on the Dakar for the 2012 edition: The Dutchmen Jos Verstappen. As ASO reported, he was contacted by the Xdakar team (Erik van Loon, Van den Bosch etc) to drive a DAF truck whose cabin he will be sharing for two weeks with Charly Gotlib.
But Jos Verstappen don´t really confirms... On his official website he said, that he is in contact with the Team of Frits van Eerd, to drive a DAF Truck for "Jumbo XDakar". But actually Jos Verstappen still has no licence for trucks (especially the sporting licence), so "everything is open until today."
The Dutchmen was a Formula One driver, and has also won races in A1 Grand Prix and Le Mans Series LMP2 races. Prior to his F1 debut in 1994, he was also the German Formula Three champion and Masters of Formula Three winner in 1993. After 107 F1 Grand Prix between 1994 and 2003, the Dutchman has turned his career on its head by switching from out-and-out speed to endurance.
2011/12/11 | 15:18 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/ASO/HS/VERSTAPPEN.NL