N°403 SSV COBANT-ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM

MICHAL GOCZAL

(pol) 1.78m / 77kg

Hobbies

Motorsport, football

Sponsors

Energylandia, Cobant Group, Western Camp Resort, Energy 2000, South Racing

2021: 4th

2021: Morocco Rally (11th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th)
2020: Polish Championship for Cross-Country Rallies (1st)
2019: Polish Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (1st)

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“Our plan is to get the whole Goczal family on the podium”

Michal Goczal was one of the surprise packages of Dakar 2021, flying to a superb fourth place in the SSVs alongside experienced co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk. The 30-year-old Pole is part of the motorsport-mad Goczal family, and will once again be competing in Saudi Arabia alongside brother Marek, who is 16 years his senior. Michal was just five years old when his brothers bought him his first quad, and he is now emerging as one of the most talented T4 drivers on the rally raid circuit. Before his brilliant debut last year, he said he had three dreams: starting the Dakar, finishing the Dakar and winning the Dakar! Two down and one to go, then, although the latter may prove a tough nut to crack. Former winners of the Polish Cup for cross-country rallies, Michal and Szymon have picked up more experience this year in Morocco and Abu Dhabi, and they are now hoping to go a step further at the world's toughest rally. Michal is also looking forward to Dakar 2023, when his nephew Eryk will be eligible to compete as well, and the Cobant-Energylandia Rally team can try to make it a Goczal 1-2-3!

M.G.: “Dakar 2021 was great. I didn't think I could get a result like fourth, so I was very happy. Every stage I kept improving, step by step. The car was perfect, I didn't have any problems. We had 15 punctures and one problem with a radius arm, but that was my fault because I hit a stone. Szymon also did a very good job with navigation. It was great for us and the whole team. This year we made a better plan for the Dakar. Last year we only did bajas in Poland, this year we've done Morocco, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and we're going to Hail in December. So I think it's good preparation for the Dakar. I think we will make more progress than last year. The biggest problem for me was the dunes. I've done a lot of training on the dunes, so now I find them easier. I have a list from my first Dakar, of what to do and what not to do. So we will see! Our team is built around the family. We are always together, everywhere we go. I started racing with my brother, but in the future his son will also start. Not at Dakar 2022, but Dakar 2023. Our plan is to get thewhole Goczal family on the podium!”

Vehicle

COBANT-ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM

BRP CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
COBANT-ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM

  • BRP
  • CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
  • South Racing
  • South Racing / Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team
  • S_T4_NO

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Michal Goczał: “I want to congratulate my brother for winning the stage”

It was a fine day for the Goczał family. Following Marek’s stage victory, Michał achieved the third best time, allowing him to climb on to the provisional podium in the T4 class, less than three minutes behind Gerrard Farrés, who is second behind Austin Jones. Meanwhile, nephew Erik awaits his turn.

“Firstly, I want to congratulate...

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