Tuesday 15 December 2015
Cooper Tire Europe and Foj Motorsport are putting their final plans in place for the 2016 Dakar Rally, as Cooper Tire Europe ambassador Xavier Foj confirms his 26th entry into the world-famous endurance event.
Foj revels in the challenge of the Dakar, which for 2016 starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking competitors on a 9,000 kilometre round-trip across Bolivia and back to Argentina, finishing in Rosario.
Including 13 stages of competition, over 15 days, with just one day of rest, the Dakar Rally is the ultimate test in motorsport and takes place on 02-16 January.
Foj Motorsport will be making a return to the T2 category, which is a cross-country class for production vehicles. This is Foj’s favourite category, having previously won the T2 class in 2012 and 2013.
Entering his 26th Dakar event in a Toyota Land Cruiser 150, Foj is confident of another successful Dakar campaign as he has been victorious twice in a similar vehicle – and this time will be using the all new Discoverer STT Pro tyres from Cooper Tire.
With the STT Pro, launched in October 2015 and specifically designed for those who seek outdoor adventure, the Foj Motorsport team can have full confidence in the balance the tyres provide across all surfaces – sand, tarmac and even the thickest mud.
The Discoverer STT Pro delivers serious traction, toughness and treadwear for the most challenging off-road conditions. The tyre provides superior reliability and durability with Armor-Tek3 construction that adds strength to the sidewall and tread area, and also features unique mud release dimples that prevent build-up.
Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, Sarah McRoberts, said, “The Dakar Rally is one of the most respected events on the international motorsports calendar, and Xavi Foj’s constant ambition and consistent results at the Dakar are more than impressive.
“Cooper is delighted to be associated once again with Xavi and Foj Motorsport for the 2016 Dakar, which promises as always to be an incredible display of endurance racing.”