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|