Gerard de Rooy is set to drive the new Citroën DS3 SuperCar of Pat Doran during his maiden Rallycross event at Valkenswaard next Weekend.
On August 15 1982 Dutchman Jan de Rooy won his last European Rallycross Championship event at the Duivelsbergcircuit at Maasmechelen in Belgium. 30 years later his son Gerard de Rooy came to the same venue to watch the the 2012 ERC event as well as to meet some media people prior to his maiden Rallycross event the coming weekend. After the engine breakdown of the former Hansen Motorsport Citroën C4, now owned by Briton Steve Harris, the team of Liam Doran had to change their plans. Instead of the C4 Gerard de Rooy will now drive the new Citroën DS3 SuperCar of Liam’s father Pat Doran at Valkenswaard [Doran senior himself is already in the US to take part in the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on August 12].
“This car is more or less a C4 with DS3 body and should be the perfect machinery for the occasion,” claimed Liam Doran during their talks with the press. “We had two days of testing, one day with the C4 and the other one with the DS3 and I liked the DS3 better,” expressed the offspring of Rallycross legend Jan de Rooy. Current ERC leader Timur Timerzyanov, who joined the meeting with the press, said: “It is very good to see Gerard de Rooy racing with us next weekend. However, I’m not afraid as what he achieved in the truck category of the Rally Dakar has no effects on the competition we do in Valkenswaard.”