|SA-Dakar 2012: Ales Loprais introduces new Partner and a new Racing Crew.|
Ales Loprais signs a new contract with the new general team partner - the InstaForex company, based in Kaliningrad, Russia. "With InstaForex, we were in touch since the last Dakar. They contacted us on the days we won the two stages and since then we have been setting the terms of our cooperation. Along with a leader in providing online trading services to its customers, we hereby introduce also the new nameplate of the team: InstaForex Loprais Team," Ales Loprais adds.
"I believe that the conjunction with a strong partner we aim at persuing our dream of fighting for the very top of Dakar ranking, The premiere start under the InstaForex nameplate will be the next round of the Dakar Series, the Silk Way Rally from Moscow to Sochi in July," Ales Loprais said.
The team is fielding interesting crews for a race whose position establishes to be the No.2 cross-country competition in the world. Part of the team will be the second racing special, which will be the truck Ales drove to two stage wins at Dakar 2011. The new crew will be a brother branch of InstaForex Loprais Team, bearing the advantage of a common service backup at bivouacs.
The second truck will be as a premiere driven by Tomas Vratny who will make his debut at Dakar Series. Vojta Stajf (otherwise an experienced rally driver and Ales' navigator from Dakar 2009) will be the navigator and Petr Almasi his mechanic. Ales Loprais will take the start traditionally with his fellow mechanic Milan Holan and again with the navigator Jaro Miskolci who navigated Ales also at Silk Way Rally 2009-2010.
"With Tomas Vratny, we have long-time ties and friendships based on everything related to adrenaline and especially the Dakar. His task at Silk way Rally will be primarily the test of the Dakar special, getting things working with the race crew and discovering his optimum pace of driving," Ales adds.
"I am glad that we can enlarge our team portfolio and moreover with a pilot I know and I am aware what I can expect from. His mission will be the finish of the Silk Way Rally and gaining as much experience as possible for Dakar 2012." Needless to say, the Dakar rally starts in January and heads from the Argentinian resort of Mar del Plata to the Peruvian capital of Lima.
The team is also to introduce a new assistance truck, a remarkable help and a huge carrier of spare parts. From a material point of view, the team will be ready for the start of a minimum of two truck in the future.
2011/06/09 | 12:43 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/LOPRAIS