N°305 Car MP-SPORTS

MARTIN PROKOP

(cze) Born on 04/10/1982 at Jihlava 1.83m / 80kg

Sponsors

JIPOCAR Transport & Logistic, Ford, Eurobit, Millers Oils, Satum Czech, OMP, Tenson, Edox Swiss watches, Adria Sedlcany

http://www.martinprokop.com/

2018: 7th
2017: 11th
2016: 14th (2nd rookie)

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)
2005-present: World Rally Championship (WRC)
2009: Junior World Rally Champion
WRC, IRC, ERC, JWRC etc.

Interview

“It's great for us to have Tomas on board”

Martin Prokop has been going from strength to strength since he made his Dakar debut in 2016, improving from 14th to 11th to an excellent seventh place a year ago. That result saw him match the best-ever finish by a Czech driver in the cars, achieved by Miroslav Zapletal in 2009. After a brilliantly consistent season at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies -which saw him finish second overall behind Jakub Przygonski and claim 10 top-five finishes, including victory in Abu Dhabi- Martin is determined to battle it out for glory at Dakar 2019. To that end, the 36-year-old has enlisted the help of fellow Czech driver Tomas Ourednicek, Zapletal's co-driver in 2009. Having come 33rd for South Racing with David Kripal last year, Tomas joins MP-Sports and will be tasked with helping out his leader when the going gets tough. He already did exactly that on Stage 10 last year, towing Martin back to the bivouac after he had broken down between Salta and Belen. A WRC veteran with over 120 rallies under his belt, Martin is one of a number of rising stars who could spring a surprise at Dakar 2019. Alongside highly dependable co-driver Jan Tomanek, he will be looking to improve his result for the fourth straight year in 'Shrek 2' – an all-new Ford Raptor RS Cross Country.

“Immediately after the end of Dakar 2018, I said that in order to compete for the top spots we needed to have more than one car in the team, so we can work together in difficult moments. We all know that those tough moments crop up a lot on the Dakar, and that drivers in the top 20 don't really help each other out. That's why it's great for us to have Tomas on board in 2019. Last year, he was the only one who stopped when our alternator broke down and Shrek stopped for good. If he hadn't towed us back to our mechanics, we'd still be stuck there now! For this Dakar we have built an improved version of the Raptor F-150, so the original Shrek will be available to the second crew.”

Vehicle

MP-SPORTS

  • Mark : FORD
  • Model : RAPTOR RS CROSS COUNTRY
  • Performance tuner : MP-Sports
  • Assistance : MP-Sports
  • Class : A_T1.1 : T1.1 - Véhicules 4x4 tout-terrain modifiés essence

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 44 44 44
2 12 12 18
3 9 9 11
4 16 16 11
5 8 8 8
6 7 7 7
7 10 10 7
8 7 7 7
9 7 6 6
10 11 11 6

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