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JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

(pol) Born on 24/03/1985 at WARSZAWA 1.86m / 80kg

Sponsors

Orlen, Verva, RedBull

http://www.przygonski.com/

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
2017: 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)
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

“We have shown that we can compete with the top guys”

One of the most consistent performers at the Dakar in recent years, Poland's Jakub 'Kuba' Przygonski has gone from strength to strength since making the switch from two wheels to four in 2015. The former biker - who finished his maiden Dakar as the top rookie, and came as high as sixth in 2014 - has now completed the rally twice in a car, storming to seventh place with hugely experienced Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul a year ago. The two men have since enjoyed an excellent campaign at the 2017 FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup - finishing second behind Nasser Al-Attiyah - and they are relishing the prospect of battling it out with the favourites between Lima and Cordoba. Kuba's background in drifting has enabled him to make a smooth transition from bikes to cars. Winner of the Polish Drift Championship in 2015 and 2017, he even held the Guinness World Record for fastest controlled skid after clocking an eye-watering 217.97 km/h in 2013. Given how much he has already achieved, it is easy to forget that Kuba is still just 32 years old. Still, he is always happy to pass on his knowledge and experience to Poland's emerging generation of Dakar stars - such as biking sensation Maciej Giemza, who will be making his debut in 2018.

"Tom and I both feel really good and we've had a lot of preparation, because we did almost all of the World Cup rallies this year. We finished second overall at the FIA World Cup and our speed has really improved. I think there's a huge difference between last year and now. It was nice to win in Italy, at such a historic rally, and we did a good job coming fourth in Morocco, where there were a lot of the fastest pro drivers. We have shown that we can compete with the top guys, which is really great. For sure, our ambition is to finish higher than seventh place! I'm feeling more and more confident in the car, especially on the Dakar, and our speed is increasing every year. I've known Maciej Giemza since he was five years old! At the time I was racing in the Polish championship, and he came along to watch with his brother. Now he's preparing for his first Dakar. I've given him a lot of advice, shared my experience on the bike and I'm sure he'll use that to his advantage. He's a fast guy but also a smart guy, which is very important for the Dakar."

Vehicle

ORLEN TEAM / X-RAID

  • Mark : MINI
  • Model : MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS RALLY
  • Performance tuner :
  • Assistance : X-Raid Team
  • Class : A_T1.2 : 4x4 Diesel

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