Although largely overlooked, the truck class in the Dakar rally has a huge following. Racing what used to be the support trucks for the main car entries, the truck division has a legion of fans.
With a first, second and sixth place in the overall truck ranking, Iveco dominated the 33rd Dakar, the world's most important rally.
The Petronas De Rooy Iveco team won the truck class with Dutchman Gerard De Rooy driving an Iveco Powerstar – a vehicle produced and sold by Iveco in Australia.
The Powerstar was equipped with an FPT Industrial C13 engine, with more than 900hp.
Behind De Rooy, Stacey and Biasion drove two Iveco Trakker Evolution 2, also equipped with the same engine. The three vehicles, while adapted to the extreme conditions of the rally, were standard trucks optimized for energy efficiency.
Iveco CEO, Alfredo Altavilla, commented: “The Iveco participation in the Dakar 2012 was to confirm once more the excellent reliability of Iveco trucks and of the FPT Industrial engines. Winning the rally and ranking three trucks in the first six positions is an outstanding success which shows the efficiency, strength and safety of the Iveco Trakker and Powerstar. My special thanks to the drivers and all the other team members for their commitment and dedication.”
The race, which started on January 1, 2012 in Mar del Plata, crossed Argentina, Chile and Peru, covering 14 stages, for a total of 8500km – around 4200 of which were against the clock.