Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco choose Africa & Russia/China races in 2018
Team De Rooy will compete on two continents in 2018. Gerard de Rooy will take part in the Africa Eco Race with his brand new truck. De Rooy will use the Silk Way Rally next July to test. Federico Villagra will carry the team’s honors in the Dakar Rally in South America.
The Africa Eco Race will take off from Monaco at the end of December to finish in the Senegalese capital Dakar on the 16th of January, after passing through Morocco and Mauretania. Gerard de Rooy will enter the race with his brand new Iveco Powerstar that looks quite the same as the current one but is completely different underneath the surface.
“We have started testing in Morocco earlier this month and will continue testing the next few months”, De Rooy says. “The Silk Way Rally, from Moscow to the Chinese city Xi’an in July will be the biggest test to prepare for next January. We’ll enter with three trucks: Ton van Genugten, Artur Ardavichus and myself. I’m really looking forward to both these races.”
The team will split up in January with one part in Africa and one part in South America. At least Federico Villagra will race with his Iveco Powerstar in the 40th edition of the Dakar that starts on January 6th in Lima, to cross the dunes of Peru and the Altiplana of Bolivia, and finishes in Córdoba, Argentina, two weeks later.
“In the coming weeks we will decide how to split up the team, and see which service crews will go to Africa and which to South America to back up both me and Villagra. Details will be presented over the summer”, Gerard de Rooy states.