N°307 Car ORLEN TEAM/OVERDRIVE

JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

(pol) 1.86m / 80kg

Hobbies

Jet skiing, running, motorsport, drifting

Sponsors

Orlen, Red Bull, Platinum Oil, LESS

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
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

“The goal is to fight for the podium, for sure”

Jakub 'Kuba' Przygonski and Timo Gottschalk went into last year's Dakar as dark horses in the car category, so imagine their frustration when their hopes of victory were dashed on the very first stage! Stranded in the desert, trying desperately to fix a malfunctioning gearbox, the Pole and the German eventually trundled in six hours down on stage winner Vaidotas Zala. They soldiered on through the rest of the rally, coming second on Stages 3 and 10, but the damage was done and they ultimately finished in a disappointing 19th place, eight and a half hours behind the champion Carlos Sainz. The duo are determined to avoid any similar mishaps this time around and have opted to change cars for Dakar 2021, swapping their Orlen X-Raid Mini for an Overdrive Toyota. They have already had a chance to put the car through its paces in Qatar and Poland, despite Covid-19 restrictions, and will be heading to Saudi Arabia in December to participate in the Ha'il Rally. Having already come 7th, 5th and 4th in the cars with former co-driver Tom Colsoul, Kuba is openly targeting the podium with Timo, who guided Nasser Al-Attiyah to his first Dakar victory in 2011. The 35-year-old Warsaw native inherited his love of motorsport from his grandfather, who gave him his first motocross bike as a boy -a bright green Kawasaki- but sadly passed away before getting a chance to see his grandson in action on the world's toughest rally. At 13, Kuba began to race motocross before moving onto enduro and cross-country. He joined Orlen in 2007, developing into one of Poland's most talented offroad riders under the legendary Jacek Czachor. He made his Dakar debut in 2009, finishing as the top rookie in the bikes, and went as high as 6th on two wheels before switching to four after Dakar 2015. He has gone from strength to strength in the cars, not only claiming those three top-7 finishes at the Dakar, but also winning the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies with Tom in 2018. His country's reigning champion in Cross-Country and Drift, and a former Guinness World Record holder for fastest drift (217.97 km/h), Kuba is now hoping to earn himself a place in the Dakar history books as the first Pole to triumph in the cars.

J.P.: “It really wasn't a good Dakar for us last year. We had a mechanical failure 150 kilometres into the first stage, which meant that we basically lost the race on day one. It was a disaster, really bad. This year we have changed manufacturers for the Dakar. After five years with Mini, we are going with Overdrive Toyota. We did the Qatar Cross-Country Rally and then the Polish Championship with Toyota, they were the only possibilities during this time. We hope this change will be good and that our car will be the best. It's latest spec and that's really important for us, to have the chance to fight. We're going to the Ha'il Rally to check the car in December, it's good to have one final test before Dakar. We will go to Saudi Arabia to get some kilometres under our belts, see how the car feels and check everything is working well. Then we'll be ready for Dakar. The plan is to go through all the stages without a problem! We'll see, because the Dakar is always a long, hard race. You never know what to expect. We are prepared, for sure. This year, when everything was closed down, I still did a lot of work. I won the Polish Cross-Country Championship and the Polish Drift Championship, and came second in the Polish Rallycross Championship. So I did quite a lot in the car, because all of the Polish Championships went ahead during the pandemic. We are ready and we will need to push during the two weeks. The goal is to fight for the podium, for sure. I've already finished 5th, 4th and 7th, so we've been around the podium. That will be the fight.”

Vehicle

ORLEN TEAM/OVERDRIVE

  • Mark : TOYOTA
  • Model : HILUX OVERDRIVE
  • Performance tuner : Overdrive Toyota
  • Assistance : Overdrive Toyota
  • Class : T1.1 petrol modified A-T 4x4

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 4 4 4
1 7 7 7
2 8 8 5
3 11 11 5
4 5 5 5
5 10 10 4
6 5 5 4
7 5 5 4
8 6 6 4
9 24 24 4
10 5 5 4
11 9 9 4
12 6 6 4

All news of J. Przygonski

Newsflashes - 05/01 08:57 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygonski starts

After the eighth best time on Monday, Jakub Przygonski has taken starter’s orders on the third special. The Polish driver has displayed consistency since the prologue, an element that was lacking last year following a mechanical problem on the very first stage. Now behind the wheel of a Toyota after several years in the Mini clan, Przygonski is aiming for a podium...

Reactions - 04/01 15:34 [GMT +3] - Auto

Jakub Przygoński: “We didn’t have any issues, so that’s good”

After the eighth best time on the day’s special, the Polish driver’s consistency is starting to bear fruit with 5th position in the general standings.  

“It was a long stage. It was good navigation from Timo, but at one point we made a mistake and lost about three minutes, but this can always happen. We had good speed on a really fast stage –...

Newsflashes - 02/01 14:54 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygoński third in the prologue

Jakub Przygoński came in third in the car prologue. Driving at the wheel of a Toyota he knows inside and out, the Pole who made his Dakar debut in 2009 as a biker hopes to become the first driver from his country to win the car race.

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