N°209 Car Benzina ORLEN Team

MARTIN PROKOP

(cze) 1.83m / 80kg

Hobbies

Travel, tennis, skiing

Sponsors

Orlen Group, Benzina ORLEN, Jipocar Transport & Logistic s.r.o, LCJ s.r.o - Logisticky Areal Jihlava, Ford, Platinum Orlen Oil, Nursus, EWT Truck and Trailer, Jungheinrich, Satum, Jetsurf, Verva, OMP, Team Orlen

2021: 9th
2020: 12th
2019: 6th
2018: 7th
2017: 11th
2016: 14th (2nd rookie)

2021: Arctic Rally Finland (6th), Rally de Portugal (7th), Rally Italia Sardegna (4th), Safari Rally (Ab.), Acropolis Rally (5th), Rally Finland (4th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st, 2022 Conformity)
2020: Rally Italia Sardegna (15th)
2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th), Dubai International Baja (3rd), Italian Baja (3rd), Baja Aragon (4th), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Rallye du Maroc (Ab.)
2018: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (2nd): Baja Russia (2nd), Dubai International Baja (4th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (5th), Rally Kazakhstan (4th), Italian Baja (2nd), Baja España Aragon (3rd), Hungarian Baja (5th), Baja Poland (4th), Rallye du Maroc (4th)
2017: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (7th), Baja España Aragon (7th), Hungarian Baja (4th)
2009: Junior World Rally Champion
2005-present: World Rally Championship (WRC)
WRC, WRC2, IRC, ERC, JWRC etc.

Interview

“We're hoping for balanced results”

Martin Prokop has taken part in enough editions of the Dakar to know consistency is the name of the game. The Czech driver has made it to the finish line in the cars every year since his 2016 debut, although he has sometimes found himself further down the standings than he might have liked due to the unpredictable nature of the rally. Last year, he and co-driver Viktor Chytka were in the hunt for a top-five finish when they suffered two punctures and three damaged driveshafts on Stage 6, ultimately forcing them to settle for ninth place overall. It was the third time the 39-year-old had finished inside the top 10, but you sense he has the speed and ability to improve on his career-best effort of sixth in 2019 -the Czech Republic's highest-ever result in the cars. Martin has honed his remarkable pace thanks to over 15 years of racing in the WRC, with the first of his 120+ rallies coming at Monte Carlo in 2005. He won the Junior WRC title in 2009 and is still competing to this day, having finished ninth in the WRC2 standings in 2021. Not bad for a man who was never given the opportunity to race in a factory car! Martin is now preparing to swap 'Fiona' -the Ford Fiesta he uses in WRC- for 'Shrek', his all-new Ford Raptor RS Cross Country. The car has been built to new FIA T1+ specifications by his MP-Sports team, although he already had a chance to test out a modified version of his old car at the recent Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, where he topped the classification for 2022 conformity vehicles. Martin was happy with his pace in the UAE, and now plans to fine-tune his preparations by heading to the Hail International Rally in Saudi Arabia. It will then be on to Dakar 2022, and Martin will be hoping to have a bit of luck on his side as he tackles the world's toughest rally for the seventh time.

M.P.: “Last year was good, especially the first week. At Dakar you don't need to be the best, but you need good average speed during the whole rally. Unfortunately, the stage before the rest day was a disaster. We got stuck for an hour and a half just before the finish, which ruined a potentially great result. But our speed was fantastic, it was day and night with our first Dakar in Saudi. We enjoyed it. Now we feel good, motivated, and we're hoping for balanced results during the race. You can't have a good day every day on the Dakar, everyone has problems at some point. But this year I hope we can have a clear run without any big stoppages. We didn't race much in Shrek this year because we were developing and building the new car, so we had to stop racing. For a small team it's not easy to do everything at once. Abu Dhabi and Hail should be enough to get ready for Dakar. Part of the team is building the car, the others are preparing the trucks, so it's a busy time! The car looks really fantastic. It's a real race car, which is nice to see. So many new cars are coming this year. Toyota with their T1+, the electric generators from Audi, Bahrain with their Hunter T1+. It's great to see, and it's maybe our best chance to fight with them. In this first year it's going to be a challenge for every team, we should see everyone struggling a bit. If our car is strong enough, we can fight with these teams. It will come down to luck, I've done enough Dakars to know that."

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Benzina ORLEN Team

FORD RAPTOR RS CROSS COUNTRY
Benzina ORLEN Team

  • FORD
  • RAPTOR RS CROSS COUNTRY
  • MP-Sports / Benzina Orlen Team
  • MP-Sports / Benzina Orlen Team
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