N°732 Classic ORION - MOTO RACING GROUP
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“One year to get experience and then back with the Matra…”

Neither Martin Cabela nor Olga Lounova have ever set foot on the Dakar before but both have rich and varied motorsport backgrounds. Martin has raced bikes in rally raids in Greece and Africa and also cars on circuits and rallies. Specialising in European hill climbing in recent years, he is multi-Czech national champion in the discipline. Olga also has an impressive car racing pedigree, both as a rally driver and co-driver and is very handy at the subtle but spectacular art of drifting. She also just happens to be one of the Czech Republic’s most popular singer / songwriters. And if that wasn’t enough, in addition she regularly appears on screen and stage as one of her country’s leading actresses. Not surprisingly her participation on the Dakar Classic has prompted huge media interest and a film documentary of her and Martin’s participation is already underway. Initially the duo had planned to enter a very special 1984 Matra that was built for the Dakar but which never actually turned a wheel in anger. Obviously, it isn’t the sort of car that you can pop down to your local garage to get spares for which means its entry has been pushed back to 2023. For 2022 Martin and Olga will therefore be abord a slightly less exotic but nevertheless beautifully prepared Mercedes G500 pick up.

M.C.: “Bike racing has become difficult for me following an accident on the Serres Rally in Greece last year where I injured my neck, so we thought this would be a good way back into rally-raid. Obviously, the Dakar Classic isn’t about outright speed but it is still a motorsport competition so it has all the right ingredients! The plan is to come this year with the Mercedes and gain some experience and then come back the following year with the Matra and more ambition. I will drive this year with Olga navigating and then we’ll see for next year…”

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ORION - MOTO RACING GROUP

MERCEDES G500
ORION - MOTO RACING GROUP

  • MERCEDES
  • G500
  • Orion Moto Racing Group
  • -87 Intermediate Average

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