ARON DOMZALA(pol) 1.82m / 78kg
Westa Development, Radius Projekt, NB Quality
2019: Ab. Stage 5
2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (Ab.)
2018: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (4th), Baja Espana Aragon (4th)
2017: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (3rd): Baja Russia (1st), Dubai International Baja (5th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (9th), Rally Kazakhstan (3rd), Hungarian Baja (5th), Baja Poland (4th), Rallye du Maroc (5th)
2016: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, T3 class (1st): Baja Russia (1st), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (1st), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja Espana Aragon (4th), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
“You never really know with Dakar”
After a rather frustrating Dakar debut last year, when they were forced to abandon after getting stuck in a canyon, Aron Domzala and Maciej Marton return with their hunger for success still very much intact. The Polish duo have decided to switch from the cars to the SSVs, where they feel they will have a greater chance of competing with the big guns. Like last year they will be racing alongside their fathers, Maciej Domzala and Rafal Marton, but this time in the same class, which means they will be better equipped to help each other out. Aron has a background in traditional rally but started to race offroad several years ago. After topping the T3 class at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2016, he finished third in the main T1 category in 2017, sharing the podium with star drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Jakub Przygonski. This year, Aron and Maciej claimed an impressive third place at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in a Toyota Hilux Overdrive, before picking up a couple of stage wins in their Can-Am Maverick X3 at the Rallye du Maroc. The pair purchased their vehicle for Dakar 2020 from South Racing, who just so happen to have triumphed in the SSV class over the past two years, with Reinaldo Varela and Chaleco Lopez. While making it a hat-trick will be anything but straightforward, the junior Domzala-Marton partnership are quietly confident of achieving a positive result in Saudi Arabia.
A.D.: “We've switched to SSV because I wanted to have a really competitive car in my category. Our best chance to do that was to get a vehicle from South Racing. With our dads we're going to be racing together, not against each other! I think teamwork will help both of our teams. In terms of our objectives you never really know with Dakar, because things can go so many different ways. You may recall that last year's fifth stage was stopped due to fog. We were one of the last crews into the stage and we got lost in the mountains, stuck in a canyon. We couldn't get out, because it was a 30-metre drop down and too steep to climb up. In the end the helicopter had to recover our car. We didn't crash or get hit or anything, it was just unfortunate timing in an unfortunate place. But this year we came third with Toyota in Abu Dhabi, and in Morocco we won stages against some really fast drivers. So we know we have the skills, the car and the team to get a really good result. For sure, I will be aiming for the top positions."
- Mark : CAN - AM
- Model : MAVERICK X3
- Performance tuner : South Racing
- Assistance : Domzala Team
- Class : T3.P Prototype A-T vehicles
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