N°410 SSV COBANT-ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM

MAREK GOCZAL

(pol) 1.86m / 77kg

Hobbies

Motorsport

Sponsors

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

2021: 8th

2021: Baja Poland (1st), Morocco Rally (7th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd)
2020: Baja Szczecinek, Baja Poland, Baja Drawsko
2019: Italian Baja

Interview

“The Dakar will tell you when you can win”

After making a seriously impressive start to life on the Dakar last year, the Goczal family return with even loftier ambitions in 2022. Marek Goczal ended up eighth in the SSVs, while his younger brother Michal stormed to fourth place, just behind the elite trio of Chaleco Lopez, Austin Jones and Aron Domzala. Marek has been racing since he was a teenager, although back then he didn't have the funds to pursue a career in rally and instead chose to focus on his business interests. Now 46, the Pole is a successful entrepreneur who set up his country's biggest theme park, Energylandia, after taking his family to a theme park abroad and wondering why there was nothing similar back home! Following a long break from motorsport, Marek began competing in cross-country events a few years ago, encouraging Michal to get involved as well. Marek's 16-year-old son Eryk is currently competing in the Polish drift championship, and the ultimate family dream -once Eryk is old enough to participate- is to get all three Goczal crews on the Dakar podium. For now, Marek and Michal will be looking to enjoy another successful outing for the Cobant-Energylandia Rally team in the SSVs. They have a better idea what to expect after Dakar 2021, and prepared for the rally by taking part in the Morocco Rally and the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Lukasz Laskawiec -a former FIM world champion and Dakar podium finisher in the quads- comes in for the experienced Rafal Marton as Marek's co-driver, and the duo have already shown promise with a second-place finish in the UAE.

M.G.: “I started racing at 17, and I was Polish champion in road rallies, but my budget wasn't big enough to keep going. I also raced Polish cross-country in quads. I think the love of motorsport has been in our family ever since. Last year was our first Dakar, and it wasn't really planned. Our dream was just to reach the finish line, we had no real racing intentions. But now, as we look forward, our biggest family dream is to have three Goczals on the Dakar podium! The ambition is very clear: not just one, but all three on the podium. Then I can think about retiring. We will see what happens on the finish line, but we really want to fight. A very smart person told me your attitude towards the Dakar doesn't matter. The Dakar will tell you when you can win, when you have enough experience. I was told that if I did the Dakar one day, I'd want to race it again and again. They told me the grain of sand would stay in my heart, but after the last Dakar I think it's a whole shovelful of sand! The last Dakar hadn't even finished when I decided I would be back for the next one."

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

Ranking 2022

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Reactions - 13/01 17:08 [GMT +3] - SSV

Marek Goczał: “It was technical, it was exactly what I love”.

At the same time as he won his 6th special on the 2022, the elder Goczał brother also just sneaked onto the podium in the general rankings from which his younger brother Michał slipped off due to mechanical problems.

“It was quite dusty but it was technical. It was exactly what I love. It was technical, it was hard. You could really do something...

Reactions - 11/01 16:23 [GMT +3] - SSV

Marek Goczał: “It was my dream stage”

The older Goczał brother won a fifth special on the Dakar 2022 and is delighted with his family’s success on the race, with younger brother Michał achieving the 3rd best time of the day!

“We are very happy. Apparently, we won the stage. It was my dream stage. We had some fast dunes, some nice tricky rocks, some tricky navigation, but it...

Reactions - 07/01 16:34 [GMT +3] - SSV

Marek Goczal: “We will push until the last kilometre”

The Polish driver won his 3rd stage of the year in the SSV category, against two for his brother Michał. The next generation is already ready, with his son already present to learn about the rally!

“Today, we were pushing a lot and hopefully we can make up the lost time we have overall. It’s quite a lot so it might be difficult, but now...

Reactions - 04/01 16:46 [GMT +3] - SSV

Marek Goczał: “I hope that at the finish of the Dakar we will both be on the podium together”

Marek Goczał won a second stage in the SSV category and is especially hoping to finish the Dakar with his brother Michał on the podium.

“I feel very happy today because we won the stage. Yesterday was not a very good stage for us because we had to drive behind fifteen trucks, so it was not a good track for us, but today we took first place and...

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