The organizers of Dakar rally, which will hold its 2022 edition in Saudi Arabia of January 2 to 14, They passed by Netherlands to carry out an information day that included a series of prior verifications.
Over Per people attended this event which was preceded by a tribute to Ton van genugten, the truck driver and multi-stage winner who passed away a few weeks ago.
This previous Dakariana is already a classic among the Dutch and, in general, it is done in different places. This year it took place in Eiland van Maurik, near Utrecht.
Although the rally is still almost four months away, a pre-verification session was organized for the pilots and the most advanced teams in their preparation.
Following an unprecedented format, with the presence of two technical delegates who have come to the Netherlands, some twenty vehicles had the opportunity to undergo an inspection and some competitors received advice to avoid bad surprises in the verifications that will be carried out in Jeddah.
In a presentation, preceded by a festive barbecue, the Dutch first heard the announcement of the transfer of technical and administrative checks on the banks of the Red Sea in order to manage the large number of registrations received by the organizers.
The purely sports program will then start in Ha'il with a prologue and an even larger Dutch participation than last January.
Among the sports novelties, the return of the Team De Rooy, something that has caused a great sensation. In 2022 the team wants to be well present in the fight for victory. Although Gerard de rooy He has not decided yet if he will be in the cab of the truck, his commitment to the test is clear at different levels.
He did confirm that he will contribute to the category Dakar Classic by shipping one of the iconic vehicles of the 80s, the DAF double cab that his father piloted Jan De Rooy in 1984.
“I felt great emotion when I got behind the wheel a few days ago, with my six-year-old son next to me… how old I was when I saw him for the first time! This truck is part of my life, because the Dakar is part of my life ”, explained the son turned boss who looks to the future with a thirst for victory.
“We also set ourselves the challenge of betting on the electric vehicle in the near future. We want to present a truck that fights for victory with a new technology and in the short term ", anticipated.