2017: 15th (one stage win)
2016: 17th (one stage win)
2014: Ab. Stage 8
2011: Ab. Stage 3
2010: Ab. Stage 11
2018: El Chott Rally Tunisia (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally (11th)
2016: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (2nd)
2015: Hungarian Baja (1st), Baja Bohemia (1st)
2013: El Chott Rally Tunisia (3rd)
2012: El Chott Rally Tunisia (1st)
2011: El Chott Rally Tunisia (1st)
Martin Kolomy will once again be among the favourites in the trucks category as he gears up for a 10th tilt at the Dakar. Czech giants Tatra have been chasing overall victory since the legendary Karel Loprais won his sixth and final title in 2001 -and what better time for it than 2019, when Buggyra Racing will be celebrating their 50th anniversary? Martin was one of the most consistent performers last year, finishing eight of the 13 stages in the top five -but he lost a significant amount of time after getting stuck in the dunes on day three, before a driveshaft problem on the final stage forced him to settle for 11th place in the overall standings. Nevertheless, the 45-year-old is confident that his Tatra Phoenix has what it takes to soar over the Peruvian dunes as he returns with the same crew as last year, navigator Rostislav Plny and mechanic Jiri Stross. After an impressive win in Tunisia in an older 'Fat Boy' 815, the former mechanic and rapid assistance driver will be looking to improve on his best-ever Dakar finish: fifth place in 2013.
“We enjoyed ourselves in Tunisia. I like the El Chott Rally because there are fantastic sand dunes. We managed to put in a lot of kilometres there, beating cars and motorbikes. But as I've said before, the Dakar is on a whole different level. I love the sand, but I just hope we don't end up running into problems or lying on our side! In the sand it's going to be hell, so if we can just make it through the stages in one piece, we'll be happy. I'm a big optimist, but on the other hand I'm well aware that we could run into many different problems. Perhaps we'll be lucky and avoid them this time!"
TATRA BUGGYRA RACING
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