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Milan Bydžovský - 09.01.2017

The Tatra Buggyra Racing team is Prepared for Second Half of Dakar Rally!

The Tatra Buggyra Racing team is Prepared for Second Half of Dakar Rally!

The free day moved the thirty ninth Dakar Rally to its second half. While the pilots rested and restored their forces for the next stages the mechanics of the Tatra Buggyra Racing team tested every screw of both racing specials Tatra Phoenix.

The crews of the Tatra Buggyra Racing and MP Sports teams made a trip on Sunday by one of the local funiculars to the top of the administrative centre of Bolivia in the altitude of 4,056 m above sea level. Martin Kolomý, Aleš Loprais and Martin Prokop thus profoundly cleared their heads before the second half of the rally. 

“I tried to communicate with my family. La Paz is a wonderful city full of funiculars and we went to see it with our partner, the owner of Ivar CZ company. One must sort thoughts and prepare for the next day. Today I cannot be fully engaged in thinking about the race, for it is really demanding for the psyche,” said Martin Kolomý in the bivouac. 

Aleš Loprais also tried to regenerate muscles and soul. “We probably look forward impatiently to and really need the rest day. Both the horses and the body must be put together. In addition to the pleasant massages we also got signal after three days and could talk with our families. Those are all pleasant things,“ summarised Aleš Loprais his day. 

Who did not enjoy a free day were the mechanics led by David Vršecký. “We must check all we can. The next stage will be the marathon stage so we will take a little rest on Monday evening,” believes the constructor and racing pilot in one. 

“They promised a bivouac on solid ground for the rest day but they failed. In addition a strong shower comes from time to time and so we swim here again. We are in the middle of Dakar and the second half will start with the marathon stage so we logistically prepare the trucks to manage two stages at once,“ said the team manager Jan Kalivoda about the nearest programme. 

On Monday the pilots will face a stage from La Paz to Uyuni with the total length of 622 kilometres. The crews will however have to manage without external assistance for two days, i.e. 1,500 km. Again the race is situated in high altitudes and winter conditions are expected. 

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