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Dakar 2019

The Fassi-sponsored Team Petronas De Rooy IVECO achieve excellent results in the second half of the Dakar 2019 rally in Peru, including a place on the podium


Lima (Peru) – After the adversity IVECO faced in Stage 4 of the Dakar 2019 rally, Stage 5 saw Team Petronas De Rooy IVECO drivers back on form. All four drivers finished in the top 10, with Ton Van Genugten in 5th place, Gérard De Rooy in 6th, Maurik van den Heuvel in 7th and Federico Villagra in 8th.

The first part of the race was then concluded with a rest day in Arequipa. The second part of the race began with excellent results for IVECO, with De Rooy arriving in San Juan de Marcona in first place, closely followed by Villagra, with Van Den Heuvel and Van Genugten also making the top 10, in 8th and 9th place respectively. Stage 7 presented more great performances, with De Rooy securing another 1st place finish, with Villagra in 4th, van den Heuvel in 5th and Van Genugten in 8th. During Stage 8, racers tackled the treacherous Ica Dunes, but the IVECO team still managed to give great performances, with De Rooy in 3rd place, Villagra in 4th, van den Heuvel in 9th and Van Genugten in 11th. In Stage 9 in Pisco, IVECO drivers were up against some stiff competition, De Rooy finishing in 5th, van den Heuvel in 6th, Villagra in 9th and Van Genugten in 12th. The 5000+ km race came to an end after its 10th and final stage, which Van Genugten won, achieving 7th place overall, followed by van den Heuvel in 4th, who came in 10th overall. Villagra finished his last race in 7th place, classifying in 4th place overall. Biggest congratulations, however, must surely go to Gerard De Rooy, who, after delivering consistently good performances, finished the last race in 5th, securing a podium finish for IVECO of 3rd place in the overall rankings. 

(Courtesy of IVECO.)

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