Oct 30, 2016
The nearly impossible has come true. Side by side with Martin Kolomý the Czech dakar coalition will be defended at Dakar Rally 2017 by Aleš Loprais. The ambitions of both pilots are high and their successful materialisation involving raking among the elite top ten should be helped by Eventually fortune had its say when Aleš Loprais accepted invitation to one of the testing sessions.
“The team management offered me a ride in the latest evolutional stage of the Dakar racing special Tatra Phoenix. At that time Tatra Buggyra testing took place at the Kopřivnice polygon, close to my home,” says Aleš Loprais, the new pilot of Instaforex Tatra Buggyra Racing Formation together with his crew including Jan Tománek and Jiří Stross. “Of course I was interested, for my last experience with Tatra dated back to 2014 when I tested Fat Boy.“
Despite the long experience of the Loprais family with the unique concept of the Tatra chassis, the new Phoenix was a pleasant surprise to Aleš. “We reached the stage when joint venture of our teams required just the imaginary last step. We joined forces to take the step and operatively prepared a series of test drives in Slovakia and Hungary, where the final adjustment of shock absorber setting and stabilisation for my style of driving will be made. This is a big challenge for me for and Martin Kolomý and I can together think of a big success.“
Martin Kolomý does not have the slightest problem with the new team member either. “Engagement of Aleš is a very successful step, in my opinion. The way towards team success leads via a higher number of equally quick pilots. In addition, in the past two years Aleš sucked the atmosphere of foreign teams and I believe that his experience can be very interesting and inspiring for us.“
At this moment is the InstaForex pilot heading to the final test sessions held in Hungary and Slovakia where will be also presented the lucky winners of the Budweiser Dakar Challenge. The contenders will be sitting in the race cab with Ales Loprais behind the wheel of its new Tatra Phoenix testing for toughest race on the planet and enjoy the hot time in a RACE MODE condition.
ALEŠ LOPRAIS – ranking list
8 victorious stages at Rally Dakar
3rd rank – Rally Dakar 2007
3rd rank – Dakar Series CER 2008
1st rank – FIA World Cup – Hungarian Baja 2008
3rd rank – Silk Way Rally 2009
4th rank – Silk Way Rally 2010
1st rank – Silk Way Rally 2011
4th rank – Silk Way Rally 2012
6th rank – Rally Dakar 2013
6th rank – Rally Dakar 2014
4th rank – Rally Dakar 2015
2nd rank – FIA World Cup – Rally Oil Libya Maroc 2016
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