MICHAL GOCZAL(pol) 1.87m / 79kg
Football, quad, utv
Energylandia, MOYA Stacja, Przyjazny Wegiel, Western Camp Resort, Energy 2000, South Racing, Can-am, Motul, Tensor Tires, Method, OMP, Bell, Lazer
“It's every driver's dream”
Michal Goczal is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime as he lines up for his maiden Dakar in Saudi Arabia. The 29-year-old has been crazy about motorsport since the age of 5, when his older brothers bought him his very first quad. Now, with his brother Marek, he is preparing to get a first taste of the world's biggest rally in the T4 SSV class. The Goczals are no strangers to adrenaline. After all, Marek is the owner of Energylandia, Poland's biggest amusement park, and for several years now they have been working towards the biggest white-knuckle ride of them all: the Dakar. Michal will be joined in his Can-Am by highly experienced co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk, who has been competing in rally for 15 years and has already taken part in the Dakar three times. Szymon's career highlights include winning the T3 class at the 2016 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies -alongside Aron Domzala, one of the big contenders in this year's SSVs- and guiding Frenchman Claude Fournier to 3rd place in the category at Dakar 2018. Szymon has made over 150 starts in traditional rally, including 6 at the WRC. He and Michal have already tasted success together, winning the Polish Cup for cross-country rallies in 2019. Now, in a South Racing-prepared Can am XRS, they are hoping for more of the same as they look to make it safely through to the finish line in Jeddah.
M.G.: “Life has always taught that me you have to set the highest possible goals, and the Dakar is the toughest motorsport competition in the world. I have three dreams: to start the Dakar, finish the Dakar and win the Dakar. I'd be happy to do at least the first two! Of course, it requires a lot of preparation but we've been working on this project for a long time. It's every driver's dream, and dreams are made to come true. I think we're ready. I'll be driving a Can-Am XRS, a vehicle I know very well. I'm also joined by a co-driver who has experience of the rally, which will certainly be very helpful."
S.G.: “This will be my fourth start at the Dakar and my third in the SSV class, where the competition is particularly fierce. Michal is a very smart driver and I'm glad he's the man I'm going with. For the first time I will be part of a 100% Polish crew, which is very important to me. The last edition in Saudi Arabia, like all my previous Dakars, was extremely difficult, so we have to focus on our preparations as much as possible.”
ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM
- Mark : CAN - AM
- Model : XRS
- Performance tuner : South Racing / Energylandia Rally Team
- Assistance : South Racing / Energylandia Rally Team
- Class : T4.1 Turbo production SSVs
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