After 15 successful years in the world of autocross racing, Boris Vaculik has set himself a daunting new challenge for 2018: getting to the end of his maiden Dakar. The 42-year-old -no relation to former Dakar participant Pavel Vaculik- has previously been crowned autocross champion of Austria and the Czech Republic, as well as winning the FIA Central European Zone (CEZ) autocross championship on two occasions. Still, he knows that the Dakar is a very different animal -and is expecting a tough time on the long road between Lima and Cordoba. Joining Boris in his Ford F-150 Evo will be fellow Czech Martin Plechaty, who has had some rotten luck on the Dakar to date. He abandoned the rally twice on a quad in 2010 and 2011, and then failed to finish as a navigator for Josef Machacek two years ago. Boris is therefore determined to help his co-driver and compatriot make it to the finish line for the very first time in 2018.
“I decided it was a good time to move to another category. After so many years in autocross I wanted to try something new. We've taken part in some bajas - the Terep Rally in Hungary, Baja Drawsko, Baja Poland, and the El Chott Rally in Tunisia in October. But I think to be truly prepared for the Dakar takes a long time, many years even. Of course, our biggest target is to reach the finish line. We would like to have fun racing, but the most important thing for me is that Martin stays healthy and that we go as far as possible. If we can make it to the finish I'll be very happy!”
BARTH RACING TEAM
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