Personnel changes for Buggyra ahead of Dakar!
Sometimes we have to face unexpected changes and our goal is to adapt and deal with them. That is also the case for the Buggyra Racing team ahead of Dakar Rally 2021. The team has to do two changes.
Petr Čapka, who was supposed to be the crew mechanic for Ignacio Casale on his Tatra, will not be able to take part in the upcoming Dakar Rally due to the family reasons. A core Buggyra mechanic David Hoffmann is now going to take his place. “Ignacio has nothing to add. Also, it’s already proven to us that it pays off to take one of our own people, for example when we put Tomáš Šikola to Martin Šoltys,” said the team mentor Martin Koloc. But the team boss has also one more unexpected change to deal with. Markéta Skácelová, who was supposed to be Tomáš Enge’s navigator, had to withdraw for medical reasons. “We approached Vlastimil Tošenovský, who was working with Josef Macháček in January, and he’s up for it.”
And Tomáš Enge agrees. He also thinks there is no reason to force anything. “We were working well with Markéta, it was looking good so far. But there’s no point in forcing something, especially for such a long race, where you need to be 100% fit. Also, this year’s Dakar isn’t the end. And huge respect for Vlastimil Tošenovský and his flexibility. Considering the situation, I don’t think it could have been any better.“
“We know that it’s significant and it will definitely have an impact, but there was no other way,” says the team manager Jan Kalivoda, who also have three other mechanics on the standby until the last day before leaving, in case there are any positive COVID-19 tests. “All the paperwork was crazy, and it cost us a lot of money. But the fortune favours the brave, and it shows that we’re a team. Three of us will be spending their Christmas with families, knowing, that their phone might ring and change everything.”
And the rule that everybody is replaceable in some way, is also true in case of the crews. “To be honest, I can’t imagine that though. However, Enge, Macháček and Šoltys have gone into a one-week quarantine before leaving. And the same applies to Casale, who’s in Chile. But we have backup solutions even for them, but I don’t even want to think about that possibility.”