The 2022 Dakar Rally is coming! Czech participation is strongest among trucks and classic cars –

Around 40 Czechs are already heading to Saudi Arabia. The famous endurance rally starts on January 1st.

The start of the 2022 Dakar Rally, the 44th year of the famous endurance race, is fast approaching. A large crowd of teams from the Czech Republic have already left for Saudi Arabia for the preparations, which we will indeed see in all the categories listed between January 1 and 14, 2022. But especially among trucks and classic cars, there are the most Czech crews.

You can see the full list of Czech participants according to individual categories and teams in the table below. In any case, the truck category will also be watched closely among fans this year, where Martin Macík with a new special called Arnošt heads for the top after last year’s fourth place – Martin Šoltys is also the driver second truck on the Big Shock Racing team. However, Aleš Loprais will not miss the start of the Praga special.

Well-known names can also be found in the car category. Martin Prokop returns to Dakar, which will be guided by Viktor Chytka in a Ford Raptor RS Cross Country. Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sýkora will again appear in the Ford F-150, while the Czech track will also find itself alongside Spanish driver Jordi Queralt, who will be guided by Petra Zemánková in the Jeep Wrangler.

The Classic category for vehicles from the 1980s and 1990s proves its popularity. The big star for Czech fans will again be Ondřej Klymčiw driving the upgraded Škoda 130 LR, newly with navigator Tomáš Böhm. From the Czech Republic, however, six other crews will battle it out in the Classics category on various stages ranging from Mercedes G500, Suzuki Samurai to Loprais’ original Tatra 815 Puma.

This year, four Czech riders will set off on a motorcycle, more precisely Martin Michek, Jan Brabec, Milan Engel and David Pabiška. With the exception of Pabiška on Husqvarna, everyone sits on KTM machines. The weakest participation concerns mountain bikes, on Yamaha we will see Tomáš Kubien and Zdeněk Tůma, while among the light prototypes / buggies he will defend the victory of last year in the group Josef Macháček with navigator Pavel Vyoral.

Dakar 2022 will offer a total of 8,378 kilometers of routes, including 4,250 kilometers of measured events. The 12-stage race will start on January 1 with a prologue on the Red Sea coast in Jeddah, where the endurance race will end on January 14. According to the organisers, 80% of the competitors will have a new route with a greater proportion of sandy stages in the dunes.

Dakar Rally 2022: Overview of Czech participation
Start number Team Team / Technology
503 Macik, Tomasek, Svanda Big Shock Racing / Iveco Powerstar
508 Loprais, Valtr Jr., Pokora Instaforex Loprais Prague / Prague V4S DKR
510 Soltys, Krejčí, Jiřinec Big Shock Racing / Iveco Powerstar
511 Casale, Leon, Sikola Tatra Buggyra Racing / Tatra Phoenix
514 Vratny, Martinec, Boba Fesh Fesh / Ford Cargo 4×4 Team
536 Calvet, Schovanek, Hoffman Tatra Buggyra Racing / Tatra Phoenix
550 Tomeček, Païour, Funaioli Southern Racing Service / Tatra 815-2T0R45
209 Prokop, Chytka Petrol Orlen Team / Ford Raptor RS Cross Country
228 Tangled, Chickadee Off-road sport / Ford F-150
275 Queralto, Zemankova Krestex Team / Jeep Wrangler
716 Klymčiw, Böhm Klymčiw Racing / Škoda 130 LR
732 Čábela, Lounová Orion – Moto Racing Group / Mercedes G500
755 Rouckova, Knobloch Czech Samurai / Suzuki Samurai
772 Randysek, Randysek Vintage Racing Team / Series 2 Land Rover
778 Ondracek, Lhotski Vintage Racing Team / Toyota Land Cruiser HDJ 80
779 Pance, Pance Vintage Racing Team / Series 2 Land Rover
807 Fiala, Fiala Vintage Racing Team / Series 2 Land Rover
901 Kazarka, Kalina, Kasak Team Fesh Fesh / Tatra Puma 815
ten michek Orion – Moto Racing Group / KTM 450 Rallye Replica
23 Brabec Strojrent Racing / KTM 450 Rallye Replica
21 Engel Orion – Moto Racing Group / KTM 450 Rallye Replica
32 Pabiska Jantar Team SRO / Husqvarna 450 Rally Replica
176 Kubiena History Racing SRO / Yamaha YMF 700 R
185 Tůma Barth Racing Team / Yamaha RR 700
SSV / Light Prototypes
300 Machacek, Vioral Buggyra Zero Mileage Racing / Buggyra Can-Am

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