Dakar: De Rooy team stage 15 report

Team Gauloises de Rooy takes 2nd, 3rd and 4th place "I feel 5 years younger; if it was up to me the rally could have lasted another week; than we could have moved up in the overall standings" The Team Gauloises de Rooy knew another fine...

Team Gauloises de Rooy takes 2nd, 3rd and 4th place

"I feel 5 years younger; if it was up to me the rally could have lasted another week; than we could have moved up in the overall standings"

The Team Gauloises de Rooy knew another fine day. On the day before the finish towards Dakar, the team finished just behind Tchaguine, who was compensated for his intense disappointing performance in the 27th edition of LE DAKAR, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.

Even more surprising was that Hugo Duisters finished first. "We had a lot to redeem after yesterday when we sat in a tree." laughs Yvo Geusens, "it was not too difficult today, a lot of sandy paths and trees. However we didn't finish without damage. Our rear suspension broke off, but that's not that bad at this moment. If it was up to me the rally could have lasted another week; than we could have moved up in the overall standings.

The gladness over the reach of the final destination, where tomorrow a show will be given for family, friends and locals, fades the performance of Hugo Duisters' team which is undeserved. Their performance of the last 16 days is without saying impressive. Sixteen days long the crew of 526 served the captains Jan en Gerard de Rooy and besides they also did a very good rally themselves. Today's second place was a pinnacle of a fantastic rally, certainly because of the fact that they often had to start at the back. This was also the case yesterday, so today they again faced a lot of dust from the leaders. That's first-rate!

Gerard de Rooy rounded off a fine rally that brought bad luck only in the beginning. With three times the first place and a splendid third place today, just before his father who took the 4th place, the Team Gauloises de Rooy gained the deserved respect from the competitors.

Also time to make a compliment to Hans Bekx. The man from Mariaheide wrote history with his DAF. If you take the 2nd place your reputation is made, certainly as his performance in fact should have been gold-rimmed. If Kabirov was penalized during the marathon stage for not complying with the rules when he repaired his truck outside the bivouac, the overall standing would have looked different.

Five DAF's started the rally in a field of 69 competitors and all five arrived in Dakar in a field of only 37 trucks.

Kabirov will be the winner. Hans Bekx takes the 2nd place at 3.03.17 hours; Japanese Sugawara is third, Vismara 4th, Jan de Rooy who did a controlled rally and had only once too much bad luck, takes the 5th place at 7.36.27 hours, Gerard is 6th at 9.33.22 hours. Hugo Duisters takes the 22nd place at 32.44.39 hours.

To be continued . . . . .

-derooy-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Gerard de Rooy , Yvo Geusens , Hugo Duisters , Jan de Rooy , Hans Bekx