Big Shock, Silmet, UNCS, Mini, Enkomhttp://www.martinmacik.cz/
2015: Ab. Stage 5
2014: 13th (navigator for Vildman)
2013: 18th (navigator for Vildman)
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)
He may be only 28, but Martin Macik already has a wealth of Dakar experience under his belt, having taken part in the rally five times since 2013. After starting out as a navigator for Vlastimil Vildman, Martin got behind the wheel himself in 2015, although his rally was ended by a broken differential on Stage 5. The following year he made it to the finish line, before securing his best result to date in 2017, a superb 10th place. The Dakar has held a fascination for Martin since his father took him to watch the end of the rally in Senegal as a 13-year-old. Martin Macik Senior began participating in the Dakar in 2003, and so it was only a matter of time before Martin Junior followed in his footsteps. In 2018, he returns with the same youthful team of Frantisek Tomasek (35) and Michael Mrkva (36), and the Big Shock trio will be keen to build on last year's excellent result, as well as wins this year in Spain, Poland and Tunisia.
"This will be my sixth Dakar, and the fourth time as a driver, so I will be aiming as high as I can! I know the Dakar, it's about fighting to be the best - even if I'm not the kind of guy to say 'I'll be in the top three' or anything like that. Of course my aim is to be in the top 10 or higher, but we'll have to see. We don't know exactly which other teams will be coming. Between the Russians, the Dutch, the French and all the others there could well be 20 trucks fighting for a place in the top 10. We are a private team, but we want to show that if you are good enough, and have the right support, it's possible to fight with the big manufacturers."
BIG SHOCK RACING
Martin Macík boasts the best time after 48 km of the special. The Czech driver, still seeking his first victory on the Dakar, leads Ton van Genugten by 41 seconds and Dmitry Sotnikov by 1’13’’.
Martin Macík posted the fastest time at km 100, beatign Dmitry Sotnikov (Kamaz) by a mere 4 seconds and Ton van Genugten by 10. Eduard Nikolayev, 29 seconds back, is still very much in the mix.
Martin Macík has finished the initial part of the special in first place, though the gaps are small: Dmitry Sotnikov is 28 seconds behind, Federico Villagra trails by 30 seconds and Ton Van Genugten by 3 seconds. General standings leader Eduard Nikolaev is 3 minutes behind Macik, but this gap is of little consequence for him....
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