The success of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco in numbers


With four trucks in the top 10, three of which in the top 5, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco is the most successful team in the 2016 Dakar and Iveco the most successful brand. It is the most successful result ever for Iveco as well. But there are more interesting facts and stats. 

  • No truck of Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco has been outside of the top 15 for the entire Dakar. Only Pep Vila has been outside of the top 10, only for 7 days.
  • Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco held the lead of the overall standings for 7 days: Gerard de Rooy for 6 days, Federico Villagra for 1 day.
  • With 3 stage wins in the 2016 Dakar Gerard de Rooy now has a career total of 30 stage wins.
  • Gerard de Rooy is the first Dutchman to win the Dakar twice. His first time was in 2012.
  • Federico Villagra’s third place is the first time a competitor is on the podium without having been in the truck category before (at least) since the Dakar moved to South America. The first time ‘El Coyote’ was at the wheel of a truck is just a few months ago.
  • The biggest arrear Gerard de Rooy had in the overall standings was just 6m02s (stage 3). His biggest lead was 1h15m19s (stage 10).
  • Gerard de Rooy’s winning lead of 1h10m27s is the biggest gap since Vladimir Chagin’s victory in 2010 by 1h13m08s. Had De Rooy managed to keep up his maximum lead, it would have been the biggest gap at least since the Dakar moved to South America.
  • The ‘worst’ stage result Gerard de Rooy had this Dakar was 8th (stages 3 and 5).
  • Even with shortened and cancelled stages taken into consideration the average speed of Gerard de Rooy was roughly 90 km/h. He needed 44h42m03s for approximately 4000 kms of special stages.
  • Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco was represented in the Dakar with 50 people from six different nationalities and had 17 trucks and cars on the road. In the race it had three Iveco Powerstars and two Iveco Trakkers.
  • Four out of five Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco race trucks made it to the finish. Unfortunately Ales Loprais was one of eleven competitors in the truck category that did not make to the finish. 44 out of 55 starters did.
  • Ton van Genugten was by far the fastest fast assistance in the race, finishing in fifth, only 2h30m59s behind Gerard de Rooy. Taking into consideration that Van Genugten lost approximately 40 minutes because he had to wait for De Rooy to pass on four occasions and had to stop to help Federico Villagra changing tyres, makes the Dutchman’s achievement even more impressive.