The sons are taking over
The Dakar is like a family business to the Van de Laar family. It all began with father Fried van de Laar and now his sons Jan and Ben, like in their construction company in daily life, are taking over. The sons were with their father in the truck two years ago and last year they entered on their own. So they will do this time. It's been too busy with work in the construction company to enter competition, but the Van de Laar family did a lot of serious testing with their truck.
“The Dakar to me is a complete reset. It's so hard and the effort is so big, you can't think about anything else but surviving the day and bringing the truck to the finish. You simply can't think about work, when you are in the middle of the stage. Being a competitor in the Dakar is the ultimate dream for anyone who is into motorsports. It's so much fun to do this together with my brother Ben, who is the navigator, and my dad being the team manager.”