Team De Rooy will participate with four Iveco Powerstar trucks fitted with regular Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres.
Dutchman Gerard De Rooy is two-times winner of the Dakar, and winner of the Africa Eco Race 2018. Argentinian Federico Villagra, who was in the battle for victory last year until the penultimate day, is again aiming for a podium finish, and Ton van Genugten from the Netherlands, who won no less than four stages in 2018, will be fighting to make it three team members on the 2019 Dakar podium. Maurik van den Heuvel, the third Dutchman in the team and a very experienced Dakar truck driver, has joined Team De Rooy and will support his colleagues where necessary.
As well as choosing Goodyear 375/90R22.5 Offroad ORD truck tyres for their four race trucks, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco have picked Goodyear OMNITRAC mixed service tyres for their service trucks, which follow the team on the rally. The team is aiming for repeated success after this year’s win in Africa with the long-term dedicated support of Goodyear further providing testing and back-up.
"Our continued relationship with Gerard De Rooy and his team is very important to us. Their goal is to win the Dakar and other events they participate in and we are committed to giving them our full support. This is not only by supplying their tyres but also the preparation work and testing that our engineers undertake in Luxembourg and on events. This work is critical to ensure that Team De Rooy can achieve the best possible setups to tackle the range of challenging conditions that the Dakar offers. We wish them every success for 2019," said Benjamin Willot, Director Marketing Commercial Tyres Europe at Goodyear.