TATRA Opts for BUGGYRA again for Dakar 2016, Phoenix to Be Geared by Valtr
The cooperation established between the top quality labelled truck manufacturer TATRA TRUCKS a.s. and the BUGGYRA team will continue for another year. In addition the team will engage two trucks in the coming competition. One of the most successful Czech pilots, Martin Kolomý, will be paired by Jaroslav Valtr.
This year again several racing teams submitted their projects in a tender in which the TATRA TRUCKS company selected the team to represent the TATRA make in the Dakar competition. The commercial and marketing intentions of TATRA TRUCKS were best met by the project submitted by the TATRA BUGGYRA RACING team. This fact confirmed that the two teams have identical objectives and views of how to achieve them. “We are certainly very pleased by this, for despite our achievement in the field of circuit truck racing we greatly value cooperation with a make as strong as Tatra. This is especially true for the Dakar Rally, where Tatra reputation is so well established,” said the team manager Jan Kalivoda in reaction to the extended cooperation. “The decision was probably also supported by the fact that we drive the supported model series T815 and that the team will be extended by a vehicle from the current series. In addition both parties clearly understand the benefits of mutual cooperation.“
The starting list of Dakar Rally 2016 will thus include not one but two TATRA racing specials made by Buggyra. Tatra 815 Buggyra nicknamed FAT BOY will soon have a younger brother called Phoenix, based on the very new model series and the current flagship of the Tatra automobile factory. “The interest shown by customers confirms that TATRA PHOENIX is a very interesting solution combining the unique TATRA chassis and modern technologies supplied by DAF TRUCKS and offering both productive and effective operation. Cooperation with a truck racing team is a logical opportunity to promote this new model series in the most demanding long-distance race in the world,” added Radomír Smolka, technical director of TATRA TRUCKS. The technical director of the Buggyra team Ing. Robin Dolejš sees the new model as a big technological advance. “Phoenix will be packed with new technologies and improved by experience we obtained not only in the course of the last Dakar competition but also from the latest testing. I believe this will be a significant step forward.“
The steering wheel of the second Tatra will soon be grasped by Jaroslav Valtr, whose so far best result in the most demanding rally of the world is twelfth rank. “Jaroslav Valtr is an experienced pilot who has already been engaged in three Dakar races. His ambitions are strong and so we believe that he will make an equally strong and promising team with Martin Kolomý,” was Jan Kalivoda´s comment on the selection of this experienced pilot. “I used Buggyra Gyrtech engine at Dakar 2014 and I could feel the ambitions of the team to succeed at Dakar once,“ commented Valtr on his recent Dakar performance and first cooperation with the team whose colours he will defend this year. “Then I said to myself that if I am to take part in Dakar again, then it must be in the colours of a team with guaranteed top professional approach. And the Tatra – Buggyra combination does provide this guarantee. “