N° 502 - TEAM LOPRAIS TATRA TEAM
Ales LOPRAIS
LOPRAIS
Ales
CZE
10/01/1980
Milan HOLAN
HOLAN
Milan
CZE
Miskolci JAROSLAV
JAROSLAV
Miskolci
SVK
Vehicle
MODEL MAKE
T 815 TATRA
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"Attack from the first to the last stage"

The universe and experience on a Dakar pushes to share values and passions. That’s probably one of the reasons so many family stories take place during the rally. The one that Ales Loprais is living is part of the most ambitious. The heritage of his uncle Karel Loprais, six-time winner of the event in the truck class is anyhow part of the young man’s background. He will be starting his second rally as a driver but already has, at the age of 27, a solid experience of the Dakar. "I’ve actually been part of the team’s life ever since I was 14! I first drove an assistance car. I was then the navigator of the race truck that my uncle drove. And I always knew that one day, I would do it as a competitor". The apprenticeship was therefore done in a typical Czech tradition. The results of his formation taught by uncle Karel were conclusive in 2007 with third place overall and a first stage victory. The taste of the podium naturally gives Ales Loprais even higher ambitions: “The goal is clearly victory. After a third place, you have to try and do even better”. Against his main rivals from the Kamaz team, Ales Loprais is well aware that the strategy of attacking all the time will be risky but remains the only one that can pay off: “Seeing the evolution of the race, one will notice that we go faster and faster. To have a chance to win, you have to push from the first to the last stage”, bets Ales.

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