The winning mechanic from Nový Bydžov will face a desert challenge
The lucky guy is Filip Bajora and he was literally catapulted to Saudi Arabia after winning a competition to change tyres, which took place on the premises of the Tatra Trucks factory in Kopřivnice.
An extremely successful project
The competition was held as part of the Tatra to Schools project, which Buggyra team principal Martin Koloc considers to be extremely successful. "Selected students from secondary technical schools in various regions assemble functional Tatra vehicles from supplied parts and then take part in their commissioning at the Kopřivnice car plant. I think this is a great idea and since we have been cooperating with Tatra Trucks since 2014 and have done a lot of work, we decided to combine this activity with Dakar. It cannot be ruled out that if the boys work on their English, they will strengthen the Buggyra Academy in the future," said Martin Koloc.
As part of the joint project, Tatra Trucks then approached all the educational institutions that had previously participated in the Tatra to Schools event. They then nominated a selected student. Students from specialised vocational schools in Ústí nad Orlicí, Nový Bydžov, Valašské Klobouky, Plzeň and Holice competed with each other to win a ticket to the Middle East and a job with the Tatra Buggyra Racing team.
Precision versus speed
"Based on discussions with mechanics, we decided to choose precision rather than speed as the main criterion. As the example of our last year's winner, Pepa Macháček, showed, the Dakar is not about a one-off glare and the subsequent end of the race, only those who reach the finish of the last stage will succeed. A few "saved" tens of seconds can then turn into an hour-long martyrdom," explains Buggyra's Communications Director Jan Kalivoda, based on his own extensive experience. "So we equipped the competitors with the appropriate tools, their task was to change the wheel in simulated conditions that were close to those of the Dakar. Sure, they weren't working under that much stress, but according to our mechanics, a guy who has what it takes to get very high in a demanding business won in a really strong competition."
There is no danger of boredom
Filip's professional growth will undoubtedly be helped by his upcoming engagement with the Tatra Buggyra Racing team, which has just begun final preparations for the upcoming 2022 Dakar Rally in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. So Filip, come on," David Vršecký sends his message from Dubai.