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JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

(pol) 1.86m / 80kg

Hobbies

Jet skiing, running, motorsport, drifting

Sponsors

Orlen, Red Bull, TikTok, Star, Benzina, Platinum Oil, Milwaukee Tool

2021: 4th (cars)
2020: 19th (cars)
2019: 4th (cars)
2018: 5th (cars)
2017: 7th (cars)
2016: 15th (cars)
2015: 18th (bikes)
2014: 6th (bikes)
2013: 11th (bikes)
2012: Ab. Stage 3 (bikes)
2010: 8th (bikes)
2009: 11th, 1st rookie (bikes)

Cars
2021: Rallye du Maroc (28th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (11th), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
2020: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Polish Cross-Country Rallies Championship (1st), Polish Drift Championship (1st), Polish Rallycross Championship (2nd)
2019: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas (2nd): Dubai International Baja (1st), Baja Aragon (3rd), Hungarian Baja (4th), Baja Poland (2nd), Jordan Baja (1st), Baja Portalegre (3rd); Rally Kazakhstan (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
2018: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Baja Russia (4th), Dubai International Baja (1st), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st), Rally Kazakhstan (2nd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja España Aragon (2nd), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (2nd), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
2017: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (2nd): Qatar Cross-Country Rally (2nd), Rally Kazakhstan (2nd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja España Aragon (6th), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Baja Poland (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (4th), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
2016: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th), Baja Poland (4th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (5th)
2015: Baja Poland (7th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (18th), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
Sep 2013-Apr 2016: Guinness World Record for fastest controlled skid (217.97 km/h)

Bikes
2014: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (Ab.), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (12th)
2013: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (4th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Sardinia Rally, Dos Sertoes Rally (4th), Morocco Rally (Ab.)
2012: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (6th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Sardinia Rally (10th), Desafio Litoral (2nd), Pharaoh's Rally (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (9th)
2011: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd), Merzouga Rally (1st), Tunisia (2nd), Pharaoh's Rally (3rd),
OiLibya Rally of Morocco (2nd),
2010: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (4th)
National enduro, motocross and drift championships

Interview

“It's really important to have a reliable car”

Jakub “Kuba” Przygonski has emerged as one of the top contenders in the cars in recent years, having successfully made the transition from two wheels to four. The 36-year-old fell in love with bikes as a boy, when his grandfather bought him a bright green Kawasaki, and enjoyed success in motocross and enduro before moving into cross-country. Under the tutelage of Polish great Jacek Czachor, he became one of the country's top talents and impressed on his Dakar debut in 2009, finishing as the top rookie in 11th place overall. Kuba made six outings in the bikes, coming as high as sixth in 2014, before switching to the cars in 2016. He has since gone from strength to strength, finishing in the top five in three of the past four editions and lifting the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2018. Fourth at Dakar 2021 behind the formidable trio of Stephane Peterhansel, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz -who have shared the last seven titles- Kuba is now hunting for his first podium finish at the world's toughest rally. For this unpredictable 2022 edition -where the new T1+ and T1U cars will be battling the two-wheel-drive buggies- the Warsaw native has decided to go with a tried-and-tested Mini John Cooper Works Buggy, in which Sainz and Peterhansel won the last two editions of the Dakar. For the third consecutive year, Kuba is joined by experienced German co-driver Timo Gottschalk, who guided Al-Attiyah to his first Dakar victory in 2011. The duo had a chance to test the new car in Morocco and Abu Dhabi, displaying impressive pace in the UAE before their overall hopes were dashed by a broken driveshaft. This year also saw Kuba win his fifth Polish Drift Championship and visit the 24 Hour of Le Mans for the first time as a fan, but now his focus is purely on the Dakar as he looks to enjoy another successful outing for the X-Raid Orlen Team.

J.P.: “Nobody really knows what the new T1+ class will be like, so in the end we decided to go with a car that we know works well, a car that has already won the Dakar. For me and my sponsor it's really important to have a reliable car, to have a good chance of finishing the rally. The car is really good, although we're not super happy because the regulations have changed, and we'll have a smaller restrictor. In the Mini Buggy that means a little bit less power, but we hope it won't be so bad. I would say we were satisfied with fourth place at Dakar 2021. We took that position quite early in the rally and stayed there until the end. Carlos, Peterhansel and Nasser are top guys, super experienced, all Dakar winners. So I think we did as well as we could, and I'm happy about it, for sure. It wasn't a lucky fourth place, we raced hard from start to finish to earn that position. We could have had a bit of luck and ended up in the top three, but in the end we did our maximum. We'll definitely try to get on the podium at Dakar 2022! For me, every year is about getting more experience and more mileage. We've done two nice races in the Mini Buggy, and we'll also go to Hail in December. On the Dakar we'll just try to do our best, and we'll see how it goes. Audi are coming, the T1+ cars are coming, but we don't know who is going to be really good. It's hard to say which drivers will be the fastest."

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