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DAKAR 2021: Loprais 6th in prologue

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Both crews of the Instaforex Loprais Praga Team chose a similar strategy for the prologue of the Dakar Rally 2021. Without undue risk, they secured a good starting position for the first stage.

The 43rd Dakar Rally has finally begun. The participants started the fight with the timekeeper before the official start of the competition. An eleven-kilometer prologue was held in the mountains northeast of Jeddah on Saturday, January 2, the results of which decided the starting order for the first stage. On a fast and relatively rocky track with a number of other pitfalls, it was a lot, but at the same time you could lose a lot.

“We drove briskly and wisely, even though it was already clear from the prologue that the set pace was high. But I still say that in the beginning it is always necessary to follow the Russians and their strategy, “ says the satisfied Aleš Loprais , who together with the navigator Khalid Alkendi and the flight mechanic Petr Pokora took the sixth place.

“I wanted to attack the top five and definitely be in the top ten. We succeeded and now we are focusing on tomorrow’s stage, which according to the information from the organizers should be similar to today’s prologue, but will be significantly longer. In such terrain, it is mainly a matter of avoiding mistakes. We want to attack ourselves only in the long sandy stages. “

” In the pre-race test, we got a little involved in stabilizing the car, because we didn’t have time to test some of the things in Europe. Of course, I’m still getting used to it, but I really liked it. The car is now a bit more oversteering and thanks to that more fun for me as a rider, “
Loprais wonders about the latest modification of his Prague V4S DKR.

Jan Tománek, Tomáš Kašpárek and Jiří Stross led the Tatra Jamal – Queen 69 to the finish of the prologue in fifteenth place.

“Today it was more tactical on our part,” explains Jan Tománek . “We had two defects in the pre-race test and we absolutely didn’t know where it happened to us. In addition, the prologue was very rocky, it was run in relatively deep tracks and we set off on the track at dusk. That’s why I wanted to eliminate the risk of a defect that would cause us to lose more than we could get today. “

” I’m satisfied. Our task is to cover Aleš’s back and be close enough to him. If we start ten positions behind him, we can fulfill this role very well. We get used to it, we set off and look forward to the next days, “ concludes Tománek.

On Sunday, January 3, the participants of the Dakar Rally 2021, after spending almost a week in Jeddah, will finally go to other areas of Saudi Arabia. Specifically to the southeast to Bish. The introductory stage measures 345 kilometers, of which 277 will be driven in the special stage. According to the organizers, it should be mostly rocky and sandy pistes, and navigators should also be given the opportunity to prove their skills.

Instaforex Loprais Prague Team – Dakar 2021

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January 3rd, 2021

The 2021 Dakar

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The 2021 Dakar Rally is a rally raid event held in Saudi Arabia and the 43rd edition of the Dakar Rally.[1][2] The event will be held for 14 days, starting from 3 January and ending 15 January 2021. It is the second time Saudi Arabia has hosted the event, with support from the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.[3] The race will start and end in Jeddah, allowing the competitors to venture through the desert and alongside the Red Sea. The route consists of one prologue stage and 12 normal stages, with one rest day in Ha’il on 9 January.[4][5] The rally was orginally intended to run through 2–3 additional countries, with Egypt and Jordan being rumoured likely candidates. However, due to travel and border restrictions implimented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the route stayed entirely within Saudi Arabian territory.[6][7]

The route[edit]

A completely new route has been put together, described as a lot slower, more varied, and more technical. The route includes 1 Prologue stage, 12 stages including 2 loop stages, 1 marathon stage. The exact route will be revealed in November 2020.


There will be a Prologue stage that will determine the starting positions for Stage 1. The Road Books will only be distributed 10 min. prior to the start of the stage. There will be an option of a digital roadbook. New classifications will be introduced for T3: Light Proto, T4: SSV, T5: Truck. The Elite / Priority Driver list will be extended from bike only to all categories. Original by MOTUL category will continue, which limits and controls on the use of external assistance. Improvements in safety include a speed limit of 90 km/h in hazardous sectors, mandatory first aid training certificate for all competitors, automatic Sentinel sound warning system for dangers classed level 2 and 3, and mandatory airbag vests for all bike and quad drivers. New regulations for Elite bikers will see a limit of 1 piston change and 6 rear tires for the whole rally; all tires will need to be the same brand and model. Bikers will not be allowed assistance during the refueling. The organizers are promoting vehicles using alternative energy sources by introducing a 50% registration fee discount in all categories, introducing a prize in the Alternative Energy Challenge, and introducing new regulations for these vehicles. Dakar Experience ranking and regulations have been revamped, it will only be available for amateur, non-Elite/Priority drivers. A new Dakar Classic class will be introduced for cars and trucks manufactured before 2000, or new cars built to original pre-2000 specification. These vehicles will share the same bivouac and the organization but will run in a parallel, yet different route, suitable for historic vehicles. The class will feature a reduced entry fee, yet the same rules and fees will apply for the assistance.[8]

Further changes came just before the event, when revamped FIA regulations for Cross-Country rally stipulated speed limits across all categories. Vehicles in the T1 and T2 (Cars) categories were now restricted to 180 kilometres per hour (110 mph) while vehicles in the T3, T4, and T5 categories (Light Prototypes, UTVs, and Trucks) were limited to 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph).[9] Motorcycles and Quads had already been subjected to speed limits for several years.

Entry list[edit]

Number of entries[edit]

Stage Bikes Quads Cars UTVs Trucks Classics Total
Entry list[a][b] 108 21 67 58 42 26 322
At start line 101 16 64 61 44 26 312
  1. ^ The entry list was published in November, there have been both additions and retractions from the list.
  2. ^ The numbers are official Dakar figures. In the November list there were 68 cars.

A number of participants were affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Before participants travelled to Saudi Arabia on 26-27 of December, Nani Roma co-driver Daniel Oliveras Carreras had to be replaced with Alexandre Winocq, Gintas Petrus co-driver Povilas Valaitis replaced with José Marques, Denis Krotov co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov replaced with Oleg Uparenko, Ricardo Porem co-driver Manuel Porem replaced with Jorge Monteiro. Vaidotas Žala two main technicians contracted the coronavirus, numerous other teams were forced to make last-minute changes to replace team members that were tested positive for coronavirus. Trucks #523 and #526 withdrew after Francesc Ester and Jorge Ballbe contracted coronavirus. After arrival to Jeddah, all participants had to take two coronavirus tests two days apart. #56 Giordano Pacheco and #357 Alexey Titov tests came positive, repeat tests were also positive, and they were forced to withdraw from the race. #23 Ivan Jakeš second test came positive. They all had to self-isolate for 7 days before allowed to travel home.[10][11]


Stage Date Start Finish Total / Special
Prologue Saturday, January 2, 2021 Jeddah Jeddah 11 km / 11 km
Stage1 Sunday, January 3, 2021 Jeddah Bisha 622 km / 277 km
Stage2 Monday, January 4, 2021 Bisha Wadi ad-Dawasir 685 km / 457 km
Stage3 Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Wadi ad-Dawasir Wadi ad-Dawasir 630 km / 403 km
Stage4 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Wadi ad-Dawasir Riyadh 813 km / 337 km
Stage5 Thursday, January 7, 2021 Riyadh Buraydah 625 km / 419 km
Stage6 Friday, January 8, 2021 Buraydah Ha’il 655 km / 485 km
Rest Saturday, January 9, 2021 Ha’il
Stage7 (marathon) Sunday, January 10, 2021 Ha’il Sakaka 737 km / 471 km
Stage8 Monday, January 11, 2021 Sakaka Neom 709 km / 375 km
Stage9 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Neom Neom 579 km / 465 km
Stage10 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Neom Al Ula 583 km / 342 km
Stage11 Thursday, January 14, 2021 Al Ula Yanbu 557 km / 511 km
Stage 12 Friday, January 15, 2021 Yanbu Jeddah 452 km / 225 km
January 3rd, 2021

Tatra’s long-time relationship with the Dakar rally

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December 31st, 2020

The Loprais team heads for Dakar with a Tatra based Praga and a heavily Praga stickered Tatra Jamal

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December 31st, 2020


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December 31st, 2020

Tatra Around the World Expedition will continue next year after being stranded by Covid-19 border problems

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The Tatra Around the World 2 expedition will continue after a six-month break forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, its members announced in a press release on Sunday. The expedition will head for Africa in the spring. This entails a small change of plan since the expedition was originally supposed to continue in Asia, but the organizers say they fear border closures in the region.

The expedition, which left Prague in February, crossed the Balkans before getting stuck in Turkey during the first wave of Covid-19. After three months they managed to get to Iran where the team spent another 90 days before they were forced to return to Prague.

The expedition now wants to pass through ten African countries before moving on to South, Central and North America. Its plans will depend on the development of the pandemic.

The Tatra Around the World 2 expedition aims to cover 270,000 kilometres across 70 countries and five continents over a period of three years.

The project is a follow-up on a similar expedition undertaken in the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of its aims was to promote Czech industry abroad.

December 29th, 2020

Corona proof Christmas gift: Tatra and Skoda 2021 Calendars by Vladimir Cettl

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In February 2020, a generous presentation took place in Paris, which has only happened once in many decades – an exhibition of Tatra cars from its beginnings to the last model of a passenger car. The idea of a large exhibition of Tatra cars at the Retromobil in Paris was born for several long years. It is very gratifying about the whole initiative that it came from French collectors and fans who decided to present to the local public the rich history of the Tatra brand, but also the story of travelers Hanzelka and Zikmund, who traveled with the Tatra 87 in politically difficult times and created a legend of unique cars with air-cooled engine. When Denis Alexander and I drank coffee one cold evening in Prague and he offered me that my exhibition of photographs of Tatra wrecks could be a diversification of this exhibition, I listened really carefully! Suddenly I hear the Frenchman telling me that a dream that seemed soarly unrealistic may soon come true! Above all, when the real preparations at all levels started, it was clear that this would be a very demanding logistical event. About half of the cars in the exhibition belonged to French collectors, but many unique cars needed to be brought to Paris from the Czech Republic. Loading and unloading rare cars in special trucks is a demanding process, but also a great show! Salon Rétromobile is one of the largest veteran car shows in the world. In a few days, it is visited by more than 100,000 spectators and is followed by many other initiatives throughout Paris – especially auctions. It was a little unimaginable for me what such traffic could actually look like and if it’s not a bit of an exaggerated number, but then we experienced it! Tens of thousands of people spilled over the exhibition every day. The most frequently asked questions were as follows: “What country is Tatra from? Czechs? And still produce? Ah, Tatra from the Paris-Dakar Rally, of course! ”We have to admit that in a car in self-sufficient France, Tatra is a bit of a mysterious brand and the intention to surprise the public with something they don’t know, even though it has a deep and rich tradition, has turned out great! It should be added that when this car show took place in February 2020, the coronavirus epidemic rolling in from China was already on our heels. Even during his car show, everything was relatively normal. It was still just “one of the news” on French television, but when I left, I had a problem getting on the plane, because many flights were canceled. The passengers, together with the airlines, dealt with a very complex situation, which was getting worse and more complicated every day. Two weeks later, such a large event could no longer take place, as well as many others that have not taken place since.



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December 9th, 2020

Aerodynamic elite: T77, T87, T97

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1936 Tatra T77 Aerodynamic Limousine

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December 9th, 2020

Frantisek Prosecky

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October 4th, 2020

Just in time annual Dutch Tatra Rally

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The Dutch Annual Tatra Rally, traditionally held in the third weekend of September was troubled by a very bad weather forecast and the fast rise of Covid-19 infections, the so called “second wave”.  Not that there was no understanding of course, but the organizers regretted that foreign participants had to cancel their trip because of a negative travel advice. Nevertheless, the weather improved considerably over the weekend, giving the organizers , the van Groning family, credits for their well organized rally.

Held in Fryslân, the route took us along minor roads through the centre and north of Fryslân, visiting several interesting museums like a corn-mill, Frisian boat museum (skûtsje), dreamery villages, the northern coast and the picturesque city of Dokkum.

Just days later, the authorities announced new rules to restrict the number of people at social meetings, circumstances that would have made the rallye impossible…………


Photos by Jan van Groning:

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October 4th, 2020
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