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19.01.2019 07:53
Aleš Loprais Finishes Fifth Overall in Strong Com...
The Tatra Jamal piloted by Aleš Loprais, Ferran Marco Alcayna and Petr Pokora reached the finish of the Dakar Rally 2019 with fifth overall rank in the truck category. Thus the small family team not... more
18.01.2019 08:51
Instaforex Loprais Team Prepared for Final Attack
Before the final stage of the Dakar Rally 2019 the Tatra representing the colours of the Instaforex Loprais Team returned to the fifth interim rank in the truck category, in addition as a member of a... more
17.01.2019 08:52
Loprais’ Tatra Passes Giant Dunes with Only Five...
The last two days are left before the end of the Dakar Rally 2019. The Czech-Spanish crew consisting of Aleš Loprais, Ferran Marco Alcayna, Petr Pokora and their Tatra Jamal #507 continue to... more

Karel Loprais

 

*4.3.1949 in Ostrava

 

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Karel Loprais is still one of the greatest figures of Dakar Rally. Monsieur Dakar has made a second best balance of podium placing of all racers in history. Before him is just an unattainable Stéphane Peterhansel.

 
Karel spent much of his childhood with his father in a workshop, where they constructed their own vehicles. In 1967 he began working for Tatra in Kopřivnice in assembly and subsequently as a test driver. Testing and servicing TATRA vehicles abroad have become a source of valuable experience.

 
Real Karel Loprais’s racing beginnings date back to the early involvement of TATRA into Dakar in 1986. At that time he had a lot of experience and he put practical experience with the operation of these vehicles in extreme conditions to good use. In 1878, when he was in the Dakar Rally for the second time, he finished on the second place. Next year he won for the first time. In 1988 - 2011 he won for the six times, at the time of his sixth victory he was the most successful rider in the Dakar history.

 
He was elected the best Czech motor sportsman of the century, several acquired the Gold Wheel in his category and in 2007 he received the Golden Wheel for the lifetime contribution to motorsport.

 
Except Dakar he participated actively in the Paris-Beijing Rally and Desert Challenge in Dubai.

 
Karel Loprais is married, has two sons and lives in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm.

 

Rallye Dakar: 19 participations

1st place: 6x
1988 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Tomáš Mück TATRA
1994 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Josef Kalina TATRA
1995 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Tomáš Tomeček TATRA
1998 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Jan Čermák TATRA
1999 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Josef Kalina TATRA
2001 Karel Loprais / Petr Hamerla / Josef Kalina TATRA


2nd place: 4x
1987 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Jaroslav Krpec TATRA
1996 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Tomáš Tomeček TATRA
2000 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Petr Gilar TATRA
2002 Karel Loprais / Petr Hamerla / Josef Kalina TATRA


3rd place: 1x (Paris – Cape Town) 
1992 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Josef Kalina TATRA

 

Rallye Paris – Peking: 2 participations

1992 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Josef Kalina (2nd place) TATRA

 

UAE Desert Challenge: 2 participations

1999 Karel Loprais / Radek Stachura / Petr Gilar
 (3rd place) TATRA
2000 Karel Loprais / Josef Kalina/ Petr Hamerla
 (2nd place) TATRA

 

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What does he drive? Škoda Octavia 1.9 TDI 4x4
Dream car?He's already got, otherwise TATRA T 70A
What he doesnt like? Unpunctuality
What's the best for him? Tartar steak

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