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DeRooy goes for gold on Goodyear

The De Rooy team, winners of the 2016 Dakar rally truck class, are going for gold again in the world’s toughest race, driving on standard Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres.

Gerard De Rooy and his team have chosen Goodyear Offroad ORD truck tyres for their four race trucks and Goodyear Omnitrac mixed service tyres for their service trucks.  The team is aiming for repeated success after last year’s win with the long-term dedicated support of the leading tyre manufacturer further providing testing and back-up.


The line-up for the 2017 De Rooy team equipped with Goodyear truck tyres comprises:
Gerard De Rooy – Two times Dakar truck class winner (2012 & 2016) – driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4 Fredrico Villagra – 3rd in his first Dakar in 2016 – driving an Iveco Powerstar 4X4 Ton Van Genugten – 5th in Dakar 2016 – driving an Iveco Trakker Wuf Van Ginkel – New Member – with twelve previous Dakars and finished 4th in 2007 – driving an Iveco Trakker.

The four race trucks will compete on standard Goodyear 375/90R22.5 Offroad ORD tyres as will all the fast service assistance trucks, while the other service trucks will use Goodyear 315/80R22.5 Omnitrac MSS II and Omnitrac MSD II truck tyres, mounted on the steer and drive axles respectively.

The choice of Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres is based on the long and successful partnership between De Rooy and Goodyear.  In close cooperation with engineers from the Goodyear Innovation Center Luxembourg including extensive joint testing, the team was able to achieve the best setup to optimize tyre performance in all the varied conditions the race trucks will face during the Dakar 2017.  Following the great performance of the Goodyear tyres in the Dakar 2016, the team decided to rely on standard Goodyear Omnitrac mixed service truck tyres for their rally service vehicles.