With 8,500 kilometers of the world’s toughest terrain behind them, Petronas Team DeRooy Iveco, together with Technical Sponsor R-M Automotive Refinish Paints are celebrating an outright win in the Truck class in the 2012 Dakar Rally with first and second places going to Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco. Third place went to Team Astana, which came in 1 hour 47 minutes after the winning time.
Dakar, acknowledged throughout the world of motor racing as probably the most demanding rally in the world, with competitors competing in four classes: Motor Cycles, Quads, Cars and Trucks race from Plata on the Atlantic coast of Argentina, through the Andes Mountains in Chile, and up to Lima in Peru, over the most difficult and demanding terrain in world.
The Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco maintained an astonishing lead virtually throughout all fourteen stages and with Team Gerard de Rooy in the lead from stage 4 on.
R-M Automotive Refinish Paints chose to be the Technical Sponsor of the DeRooy racing team to demonstrate the outstanding performance if the R-M GRAPHITE HD commercial refinish paint system.
GRAPHITE HD’s superb color matching ability, through its dedicated CV color guide has accurately reproduced the bright Petronas Green that make the five DeRooy racing trucks so stand out in the field and reflect the teams’ professionalism, while GRAPHITE HD’s ability to cover wide range of substrates including steel, aluminium and plastic, using GRAPHITE HD SURFACER, ensures R-M’s renowned high quality finish, while GRAPHITE HD’s durability has been proven by withstanding the rigours of this gruelling rally.
Team Leader Jan DeRooy said after the rally: “We worked very hard to ensure our trucks were prepared to the very highest standards prior to the Dakar and that included maintaining the paintwork! The entire team is thrilled to have achieved such a fantastic result and we thank our technical sponsors, including R-M Automotive Refinish Paints of course, for their support.”