N°529 Camiones FESH FESH / CONNECTPAY

VAIDOTAS PASKEVICIUS

(ltu)

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First participation

3 x Lithuanian rally raid champion
2 x Lithuanian offroad champion

Interview

“Your first Dakar is always the hardest”

Vaidotas Paskevicius, Slavomir Volkov and Tomas Guzauskas will be making history at Dakar 2022 as the first crew from Lithuania to take part in the trucks. The trio, all born in 1985, are making their debut with the support of Tomas Vratny's Fesh Fesh team, who have also provided them with a tried-and-tested Tatra Jamal. Powered by a 13-litre Renault engine, the Czech-made juggernaut has already completed the Dakar seven times, most recently in 2020 when Poland's Robert Szustkowski and his crew finished in 18th place. Vaidotas is hoping to do even better in the truck he has nicknamed ‘Mamba’ for Dakar 2022, and land a place in the top 15. The 36-year-old is a multiple Lithuanian rally raid and offroad champion who has toyed with the idea of doing the Dakar for many years, and now he is finally ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Whatever their result, Vaidotas, Slavomir and Tomas will be writing a new chapter in Lithuania's Dakar history, and setting a benchmark for its truck drivers in years to come.

V.P.: “The idea to complete the Dakar in a truck came to me almost a decade ago, and since 2012 I've been moving in that direction. Your first Dakar is always the hardest and most expensive, because you don’t know much, and nobody knows you. This class is completely new for Lithuanian competitors. Our goal is simple: to reach the finish line. That would be a major achievement, especially for our debut. But we also have sporting ambitions, and we think a place in the top 15 is an achievable goal.”

T.V.: “Vaidotas fell in love with our Jamal last year, when we were testing in Drawsko. I'm glad that he's decided to do the Dakar with us, to try to fulfil his long-term objective. He's very hardworking and I think he’ll get a great result.”

Vehículo

FESH FESH / CONNECTPAY

TATRA JAMAL
FESH FESH / CONNECTPAY

  • TATRA
  • JAMAL
  • Fesh Fesh team
  • Fesh Fesh team
  • Camión > 10.000cc

Clasificación 2022

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