The Dutch Dakar team Mammoet Rallysport is busily preparing for the world's toughest rally: Dakar 2013. Harskamper Martin van den Brink will get behind the wheel of his Ginaf X2222 again on 5 January 2013 in an attempt to set new records. Until then the days will be long and the nights short at the team's brand-new workshop.
Van den Brink hopes to be battling it out with the leading drivers for the fifth time in a row. In previous Dakar rallies the entrepreneur has already shown that he is at home in this environment, even though tyre problems put paid to the possibility of a top 10 ranking last year. “2013 will offer new opportunities, however. After Dakar we got down to business with a view to carrying out tests at the Silk Way Rally in Russia, in which we took part in July. We arrived there with a view to it being a trial, but still managed to finish in tenth place. We gathered a great deal of experience that we are now putting to use again for the upcoming Dakar”, Martin explains.
The greatest adventure in the world of motor sport will get under way in Lima, the capital of Peru, on 5 January. The impressive convoy vehicles will then make their way through the mountains of Peru, the desert and mountain passes of Argentina, before taking the coastal route and heading for the finish line in Chile. The race once again promises to be extremely tough and demanding on both the trucks and team members, who are busy preparing themselves for the biggest challenge they have faced to date. Over the course of more than 8,000 kilometres, the two-week rally will test the drivers' vehicles - and resolve - to the limit.
Mammoet Rallysport is now able to draw on many years of experience. Driver Martin van den Brink will soon be driving the ten-tonne racer through the sand dunes for the fifth time, assisted by navigator Peter Willemsen and mechanic Arjan Veenvliet. A rapid-assistance truck will follow in their wake. This will be driven once again by Martien Hol, who on this occasion will be assisted by Erwin Lagerweij and Jeroen Stevens.