Dakar Tour Warsaw:
​The crossroads

Dakar’s family in Poland/ Credit: A.S.O./Bartek Szyperski

Key points:

  • The Dakar Tour continued yesterday with a stop in Poland, where the veterans had the chance to transmit their enthusiasm to the rally newcomers.
  • The recent winner of the Dakar Challenge in Morocco, Maciej Giemza is the latest talent to keep an eye on.

There was something for everyone and of all ages during the presentation of the 2018 Dakar for the Polish competitors. Some will remember that in addition to the 40th edition, next year will be the 30th anniversary of the first participation by a Pole, Jerzy Mazur. He never managed to star like his countryman Krzystof Holowczyc, who finished his final Dakar on the podium in 2015 and was in attendance yesterday morning as a curious visitor… and who knows, maybe he’ll decide to try his luck in the Peruvian dunes? The return would be particularly expected in Warsaw, even though the best chance for a win is 2015 quad category winner, Rafal Sonik. 

But the Polska Team supporters are also turning towards the next generation, now led by former bike competitor Jakub Przygonski, who finished 7th last year in a Mini X-Raid. In the Orlen squad, close attention is being paid to the latest recruit of captain Czachor. It is newcomer Maciej Giemza who has just won the Dakar Challenge on the Afriquia Merzouga Rally and become one of the earliest entries for the 2018 Dakar: “In entering this rally, I didn’t expect to be competing in the Dakar so soon”, explains the 19-year-old, perhaps on his way to becoming the revelation of the next edition. It may also be the same story for Krzystof Wicentowicz, who currently leads the Renault Duster Cup in Poland. The eventual winner could also dream of one day winning his passage to the Dakar… which is nearly a Polish home away from home!