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N°507 Truck INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS TEAM

ALES LOPRAIS

(cze) Born on 10/01/1980 at OLOMOUC 1.7m / 82kg

Sponsors

Instaforex, Budweiser Budvar, Energy Drink 69, Chladek a Tintera, Pardubice, Vinobox, Vinospol, SGJW, Certina, Wabco, Japo Transport, Auris, North Med, Molpir

https://www.loprais.cz/dakar/en

2018: Ab. Stage 5 (1 stage win)
2017: 7th
2016: Ab. Stage 1
2015: 4th (1 stage win)
2014: 6th (2 stage wins)
2013: 6th (1 stage win)
2012: Ab Stage 9 (1 stage win)
2011: Ab Stage 10 (2 stage wins)
2010: Ab. Stage 2
2009: Ab. Stage 14
2007: 3rd (1 stage win)
2006: Ab. Stage 12 (navigator for K. Loprais)

2018: Morocco Desert Challenge (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally (Ab. Stage 9)
2015: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (2nd)
2014: Hungarian Baja (Ab.), Rally Breslau (1st)
2013: Silk Way Rally (21st)
2012: Silk Way Rally (4th)
2011: Silk Way Rally (1st)
2010: Silk Way Rally (4th)
2009: Silk Way Rally (3rd)
2008: Hungarian Baja (1st), Central Europe Rally (3rd)

Interview

"The most important thing for the Dakar is reliability."

The love affair between the Dakar and the Loprais family dates back to 1988, when Ales' uncle Karel Loprais won the first of his six titles in the truck category. Ales was only eight years old at the time, but even as a child he was already dreaming of following in his uncle's footsteps. His father Milan went on to set up a private Loprais Tatra team, and Ales chose to go into the family business rather than pursue his law studies, making his first Dakar appearance as a navigator for Karel in 2006. He then enjoyed a superb debut behind the wheel in 2007, finishing in third place. It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before Ales added to his family's illustrious Dakar history, but a series of mishaps led to him retiring in his next four participations. Two sixth-place finishes followed in 2013 and 2014, before an impressive fourth place with MAN in 2015. After enjoying mixed fortunes with the De Rooy team and Tatra, Ales resurrected the Loprais team for 2018, but was forced to abandon despite taking victory on the opening stage. Having overhauled his Queen 69 this year and claimed an excellent win at the Morocco Desert Challenge, he returns to the Dakar with experienced Spanish navigator Ferran Marco Alcayna and new mechanic Petr Pokora, as he looks to finally fulfil his childhood dream of winning the world's most famous rally.

"Morocco was great, we came top of the overall standings, we were even faster than the cars! It was a nice positive after an unsuccessful Dakar. We were not able to take part in other races because we spent a lot of time overhauling the truck, which is a long-term process. We're also building a new truck for next year. We've made some modifications to be ready for the Dakar, and testing went OK -we only changed small things but quite important things. The most important thing for the Dakar is reliability. We've been testing in Africa and we hope for a better result this time around. "We're a small, private family team and we only have one truck, so it's hard to make quick progress. But we're not crying -our target is to beat the factory teams. Petr Pokora joins us in 2019 and he's pretty well-known in the Czech Republic, we should be able to step things up a level with him. The dunes will be the biggest judges. In a split second, you can be in front or lose everything. Driving in the dunes is about experience, good luck and smart navigation. It's going to be pretty difficult!"

Vehicle

INSTAFOREX LOPRAIS TEAM

  • Mark : TATRA
  • Model : TATRA JAMAL - QUEEN 69
  • Performance tuner : Instaforex Loprais Team
  • Assistance : Instaforex Loprais Team
  • Class : C_T4.2 : T4.2 - Camions Modifiés

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