On 6 January 2018 Dakar Rally begins for the 40th time and MASCOT is once again proud sponsor of the team with Tim and Tom Coronel. We look forward to experiencing MASCOT’s workwear and safety shoes being tested under extreme conditions.
For the tenth time, Dakar Rally is held on the South American continent. From Lima, Peru’s capital, bikes, trucks, buggys and quads drive through Bolivia and continue to Cordoba in Argentina where the race finishes the 20 January. Over 500 vehicles are ready in different categories and the racers have to cover over 9000 km.
MASCOT continues its good cooperation with the two Dutch, racing twin brothers Tim and Tom Coronel and equips the mechanics in MAXXIS Dakar team with workwear and safety shoes. In their home country, the Coronel brothers have gained a high status, and not just among motorsports enthusiasts. It will be Tim’s 11 race, while his brother Tom participates for his fifth time in what might be the world’s toughest off-road race.
In Dakar Rally 2017, the racers’ skills and endurance were really put to the test, where pouring rain made rivers overflow their banks, and waterfalls in the mountains flushed the roads away. An entire stage was cancelled and for Tom Coronel it was clear that he would never drive on his own again. “I really have had enough of this”, he said after crossing the finishing line in Buenos Aires, and therefore the twin brothers will race together as co-drivers and one team when the race begins 6 January. Tim and Tom recently revealed their new buggy. They will be alternating in the driver and co-driver positions in “The Beast”, which the vehicle, with its Hummer-like, raw looks and proudly carrying MASCOT® WORKWEAR on the front, was named.
It is not just the drivers that meet their limits during the extreme off-road race. It also takes a lot to be a mechanic during Dakar. With the extreme, constantly shifting weather conditions and working in open air, the clothes have to endure everything and still be comfortable to wear. MASCOT has for a long time provided the mechanics in MAXXIS Dakar team with clothes. Just like Tim and Tom Coronel and their team of mechanics, MASCOT is driven by a great passion. MASCOT’s goal is to develop and manufacture the world’s best workwear and safety footwear, and therefore it is an obvious and very welcome opportunity to have our products’ durability, functionality and quality tested under the though and extreme conditions in which the Dakar Rally takes place year after year.