N°503 Truck BIG SHOCK RACING

MARTIN MACIK

(cze) 1.89m / 90kg

Hobbies

Anything with an engine, basketball

Sponsors

Big Shock, Silmet, IVAR CS, MM Technology

2021: 4th
2020: 5th
2019: Ab. Stage 5
2018: 5th
2017: 10th
2016: 19th
2015: Ab. Stage 5
2014: 13th (navigator for Vildman)
2013: 18th (navigator for Vildman)

2021: Baja Aragon (1st), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
2020: Baja Poland (2nd), Baja Drawsko (1st)
2019: Baja Aragon (1st), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (2nd)
2018: Baja Aragon (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (1st)
2017: Baja Aragon (1st), Baja Poland (1st), El Chott Rally Tunisia (1st)
2016: Baja Drawsko (1st), Baja Poland (2nd), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Baja Aragon (4th)
2015: Baja Drawsko (1st), Baja Poland (1st), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Bohemia (2nd), Baja Aragon (3rd)
2014: Hungarian Baja (1st), Baja Aragon (4th)
2013: Silk Way Rally (7th)

Interview

“We're always trying to push to be better”

In recent years Martin Macik has been one of the top performers in the trucks, and at the age of just 32 he is already gearing up for his tenth participation in the Dakar. The Czech driver and entrepreneur has gone from strength to strength since making his debut as a navigator for Vlastimil Vildman in 2013. He cracked the top 10 in 2017 and the top five in 2018, before earning his best finish to date, fourth, at Dakar 2021. That performance matched the highest position achieved by his dad, Martin Macik Sr., back in 2010. The father-and-son duo are in charge of the Big Shock! Racing team, which they set up in 2016, and which encourages professional racers and amateur enthusiasts to take part in the world's biggest rally. When they are not racing themselves, they're busy building trucks for other competitors in their Sedlcany workshops, as part of the MM Technology project. At Dakar 2022, Martin will finally be able to count on a second truck, 'Arnie', driven by the experienced Martin Soltys. Having that extra support should enable Martin to adopt a more aggressive strategy in his Iveco Powerstar, 'Charles', and target a first-ever podium finish. His crew is unchanged; for the third consecutive edition, he is joined by navigator Frantisek Tomasek and mechanic David Svanda, with whom he won Baja Aragon in July. At Dakar 2021 they came fourth behind a Kamaz trio, but showed they could mix it up with the Russian juggernauts by winning three of the last four stages. Martin's ethos is: “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you”. A keen competitor who isn't afraid to take risks, Martin will be one of the top contenders at Dakar 2022, but his influence extends beyond the tracks and dunes. His MM Production and MM Photography agencies will be producing a steady stream of content throughout the rally, while he has shared stories of his previous experiences through 'Obsessed by Dakar', a popular series of chat shows and live panel discussions. In a country that has long had a love affair with the world's toughest rally, Martin is flying the flag for the emerging generation of Czech stars.

M.M.: "I guess the Dakar will be quite easy after everything we've achieved this year! We've taken things to a completely different level. We now have five trucks as part of our new MM Technology project, which we've been building up over the last 20 years. I'm racing in 'Charles' again, the same Iveco as last year, it's my third edition with him. And our biggest news is that we'll have a second truck in the rally, just for me. The driver will be Martin Soltys, a regular on the Dakar in recent years. He'll be covering my back with a completely new Iveco Powerstar called 'Arnie'. We've also developed new trucks for Kees Koolen and the Italtrans Racing Team, and we're supporting Maurik van den Heuvel. Every year we think there can't be much more work we're capable of doing, and every year it gets more and more busy! Our team is growing. For us, the most important thing is to move forward, and that means targeting the top three, which can be a bit risky and unpredictable. But we will be doing our best to be up there. To get on the podium you need to have more trucks that are powerful enough to really compete in the top five, to try to fight Kamaz. It's getting really fast! The trucks we're building nowadays are comfortable; anybody from the street could sit inside them and drive, with the automatic gearbox and everything it works perfectly. But to drive them as fast as you can, at an average speed of over 100km/h? In Saudi Arabia, that hurts like hell. So it's not that easy, there are maybe 20 trucks that can go for a good place in the standings. Victory is always the most satisfying thing if you're going to race, and I'm a racer, no doubt about that. We've done a few rallies with the crew this year. We had some issues with diesel leaking from a fuel tank in Morocco, but it was a provisional fuel tank, not the final one. We came third there, and I'm grateful we went. It was a great test, and the last chance to train before Dakar."

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BIG SHOCK RACING

IVECO POWERSTAR
BIG SHOCK RACING

  • IVECO
  • POWERSTAR
  • MM Technology
  • ItalTrans Racing
  • Truck > 10,000 cc

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