InstaForex Loprais Rally Team

InstaForex Loprais Rally Team

InstaForex Loprais Rally Team

InstaForex is a title sponsor of InstaForex Loprais rally team. The contract on creation of the team was signed in May 2011 by Czech racing driver Ales Loprais and the Deputy Director General of InstaForex Dmitry Savchenko.

InstaForex is experienced in establishing its own sports team - Tornado-InstaForex mix fight team. This time InstaForex sports family got a new member - the rally team. InstaForex Loprais Team is a joint project of InstaForex and Tatra's titled team, a regular participant of the large-scale rally raids (truck category).

This rally team is popular with amateurs of racing sports. World-known Karel Loprais, being in this team, has managed to win the Dakar Rally six times already. That is where he got the nickname Monsieur Dakar from. His nephew Ales Loprais was among the three leaders at international competitions - Dakar 2007 and Silk Way 2009. At present Ales is a racer of InstaForex Loprais Team.

Experience of InstaForex Loprais racers together with InstaForex main principle to achieve the goals will bring the team to the triumphant victories in many rallies, including the Dakar.

Nothing remains for us but to wish InstaForex Loprais Team good luck and safe races!

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Dakar 2021: InstaForex Loprais Team is preparing Praga V4S DKR again, but it might bring two more trucks

2020-06-18 19:03:42
While the introduction of coronavirus restrictions has slowed down almost the whole world over the last few months, the InstaForex Loprais Team keeps going on full throttle. However, the COVID-19 has forced the team from Frenstat to change its plans.

While the introduction of coronavirus restrictions has slowed down almost the whole world over the last few months, the InstaForex Loprais Team keeps going on full throttle. However, the COVID-19 has forced the team from Frenstat to change its plans.

2020 Dakar

Last week, the organising company Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has announced the first details about the 43rd edition of the most famous marathon rally in the world. While the Dakar is going to take place only in Saudi Arabia again, the organisers are promising a completely different route than this year, which should be more technical, offer more variety and each stage is going to consist of at least a small part in the dunes.

“The most important thing is that the Dakar will happen. The Saudi Arabia is nice, and it offers everything for the Dakar to go ahead. However, I’m expecting a big improvement after this year’s edition. If the organisers are going to fulfil their promises, this race can get even better. This year, we enjoyed some beautiful dune fields, but then it changed into flat terrains and anybody can do that. Only more technical routes can put drivers’ and navigators’ skills to a real test,” said Aleš Loprais.

“I understand that Saudi Arabians wanted to show off their country to the world, with the most interesting locations, and that’s why we kept quickly moving from one place to another. However, next time it will be different. You don’t need long stages to make it difficult. They can be shorter, but more complex.”

“To me, that’s a good choice. Even though I was really looking forward to beautiful dunes in Liwa region near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and I would also like to visit other countries,” admits the 14-time Dakar Rally participant.

The Lady is going, The Queen hopefully too, The Puma maybe

Aleš Loprais will be going to Saudi Arabia with his Praga V4S DKR special once again. The team is currently working on some improvements, after learning valuable lessons in this year’s debut of the truck at Dakar.

“We’re almost done with Praga as the last components should arrive this week. The engine is almost complete, the gears have been refurbished and newly set. We’re also partially changing the engine’s setting, and then we will try it on dyno,” said Loprais about the current state of his truck, nicknamed The Lady.

While the truck is undergoing some changes, the crew around Aleš Loprais remains the same. Once again, he will be joined by a navigator Khalid Alkendi from the United Arab Emirates and for the third time also by an onboard mechanic Petr Pokora from Czech Republic.

Originally, the InstaForex Loprais Team wanted to enter with two racing trucks for the first time since 2014. After a one year’s break, the team was preparing also Tatra Jamal – The Queen 69.

“We were working on The Queen, fixing some cracks that we had discovered after its previous Dakar race. We made the truck looking nicer in general,” said Loprais, a 40-year-old successor of the famous Dakar family, who drove this truck in the last ever Dakar in South America back in 2019.

“However, the situation around COVID-19 has also affected our partners, who wanted to race The Queen at Dakar. Just recently, we’ve been told that they had to rethink their plans, but we’re still in touch with other interested parties and open to any potential ideas on how to bring The Queen back to Dakar. We don’t give up; she is ready to come back.”

2020 Dakar

But there might be even bigger comeback as the legendary Tatra Puma could also race in the Saudi Arabia. The famous truck that took Karel Loprais to three victories at Dakar at the turn of the century would be eligible for the brand-new Dakar Classic category. The organisers at ASO has announced this category for old machines that took part in the biggest international marathon rallies before the year 2000.

“Right after the Dakar Classic category was announced, we heard from first interested parties who want to race with The Puma. We’re considering it, but we need to wait for the rulebook and more information. After all, that truck means a lot to us,” added Loprais.

Thorough preparations in the Middle East

After the first tests in Europe by the end of August or in early September, all the race and support machinery and equipment will be shipped to the Arabian Peninsula, where the Instaforex Loprais Team is going to pick everything up at the beginning of November.

“We want to take it easy in the United Arab Emirates and thoroughly test all the new things because for example, this year at the Dakar we’ve suffered from one problem that would never show up in Europe. We had the same plan last year too, but as we were building a new car, there was not enough time for it,” said Loprais who also aims to take part in a race before Dakar.

“If everything goes well, I’d like to take part in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge at the end of November.”

Dakar 2021

The Dakar Rally 2021 is set to begin on Saturday, January 2 in Jeddah with a ceremonial start. Followed by a short prologue that is going to determine the starting order for the first proper stage. There will be twelve stages in total and a rest day on Saturday, January 9, in Ha‘il. It all is set to end on Friday, January 15, when the successful crews will cross the finish line in Jeddah again.

2020 Dakar

New regulations

There will be some regulation changes for the Dakar 2021 event. While the detailed rulebook will not be available from the ASO until the next month, the truck crews already know that roadbooks will be handed out just 10 minutes before the start of all stages. Selected vehicles from cars, side-by-side and truck categories will also feature a digital itinerary, that is set to replace the paper version.

In order to improve the safety, crews will receive an aural warning in dangerous places that are going to be marked by second or the third (the highest) level of risk in the roadbook. Also, the most hazardous sectors will feature slow zones with a speed limit set at 90 kph.

Another important change is an introduction of a priority drivers’ status across all categories, including the heaviest Dakar category. This change can play an important role at dusty routes across the Arabian Peninsula. Even if such drivers get into troubles and drop back in the standings, they will not have to start from the back next day, based on their previous (unfortunate) result, but they can be moved forward in the starting order. As there will be bigger intervals between them, there will not be so many overtaking in a dense dust, as it happens with non-priority drivers in the back, who usually start later and have shorter intervals.

2020 Dakar

Loprais ends Dakar with third place in Qiddiya Grand Prix

2020-01-17 15:16:47
On Friday, January 17, Ales Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora took the third place in the Qiddiya Grand Prix, the final stage of Dakar Rally 2020. In the end, the Instaforex Loprais Team with a brand-new Praga V4S DKR finishes in the seventh place overall in a Truck category.

On Friday, January 17, Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora took the third place in the Qiddiya Grand Prix, the final stage of Dakar Rally 2020. In the end, the Instaforex Loprais Team with a brand-new Praga V4S DKR finishes in the seventh place overall in a Truck category.

2020 Dakar

The final short special stage, that went very close to the final destination, was just the icing on the cake of the first-ever Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. While the final times did not count towards the overall standings, it was all about a show and prestige in front of the live crowd. The new Praga #502 managed to do this 13-kilometre long stage in 10 minutes and 3 seconds, taking the third place, only behind two Kamaz trucks.

However, even before that, the crews had to tackle a full final stage leading from Haradh to Qiddiya. There, Loprais and his crew confirmed the seventh overall position in the Truck category by setting the sixth fastest time.

This year’s Dakar was the first one, that the Instaforex Loprais Team had entered with its own brand-new vehicle. The whole competition had over 7,800 kilometres, including more than 5,000 kilometres of special stages. It was the ultimate test of engineering and it showed, where the development should lead next.

“I was leaving for Dakar worried that the truck is going to suffer from initial problems, as it’s a brand-new vehicle. But that didn’t happen. We only lost a part of our exhaust pipe, which cost us just like five minutes, so I’m ok with it. However, I was surprised to see the issues with the turbocharger, which surely had something to do with the fact, that we didn’t have enough time to test everything in similar conditions to Dakar. There are multiple factors involved like altitude, temperature, humidity, cabin loadout and most importantly an automatic gearbox. Now we know how make our great Praga truck even better,” said the onboard mechanic Petr Pokora.

The Praga V4S DKR has confirmed its qualities this year already. Apart from the penultimate day, where it struggled with a cracked half-shaft and got stuck in the sand twice, it always made it to the TOP 10. The Czech crew even made it to the TOP 5 five times and took a podium after finishing third in the eighth stage of Dakar Rally 2020.

“We had a beautiful Dakar on the Arabian Peninsula, which reminded us of the original African terrains a lot. Despite some technical issues that had stopped us from fighting for the podium in the penultimate stage, our Lady Praga and the whole team has been working consistently well,” said Aleš Loprais.

“What we’ve shown was a very promising performance by the Praga truck with a big potential for the future. This vehicle went through the hell on its debut and it did well against big factory teams,” he added.

“I’d like to thank our fans, friends, families and our partners for their incredible support in our amazing adventure. Let me mention especially companies and partners Instaforex, Praga, Chladek a Tintera, Energy 69 and PSG as without their support, we would never be able to build this amazing Lady Praga. Now let’s head forward to do another big adventure!” shared Loprais his excitement.

Cracked half-shaft cost Loprais three positions

2020-01-16 19:51:12
The InstaForex Loprais Team could not properly enjoy today's beautiful stage in the Empty Quarter. Just a day before the end of Dakar Rally 2020, Ales Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora faced technical issues and got stuck in the sand twice.

The Instaforex Loprais Team could not properly enjoy today’s beautiful stage in the Empty Quarter. Just a day before the end of Dakar Rally 2020, Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora faced technical issues and got stuck in the sand twice.

2020 Dakar

Today, the Dakar Rally 2020 continued with its penultimate stage to Haradh, following a night in the marathon bivouac in Shubaytah, where the crews had to get things done even without their mechanics and team facilities. Thursday’s special stage had 379 kilometres and took place in Rub' al Khali desert.

Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora held the fourth place in the overall standings in a Truck category just before the eleventh stage. But it did not go well today, and they lost their position.

“Again, we struggled with overboost, which our power unit sees as an error. Our vehicle then goes into the safe mode and we lose power. Then, we always have to stop the truck and restart everything. I tried to outsmart it somehow and it got a bit better, but still not good,” explained onboard mechanic Petr Pokora.

Following these issues, the truck then got stuck in the sand in the first third of the stage. That resulted in a 20-minute loss for Loprais and his crew. However, a cracked half-shaft represented an even bigger issue in difficult terrain.

“Then, in heavy dunes, we got stuck for the second time. I’d like to thank Robert Szustkowski, Jarosław Kazberuk and Filip Škrobánek for their efforts to get us out. Even though they didn’t manage to help us, they didn’t give up until we tore all ropes that we had,“ added Pokora.

In the end, the Praga V4S DKR #502 crossed the finish line of today’s stage with a 3-hour loss and the crew dropped from fourth to seventh place in the overall standings.

On Friday, January 17, the Dakar Rally 2020 comes to an end. The final stage leads from Haradh to Qiddiya and the timed part will be 374 kilometres long. The organisers have issued another warning about navigational challenges.

Loprais survived and is now even closer to the podium

2020-01-15 12:17:04
Ales Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora have a lot to do in a bivouac today after the tenth stage of Dakar Rally 2020. The new Praga V4S DKR needs a good service, but this time it is only on the crew, without their mechanics.

Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora have a lot to do in a bivouac today after the tenth stage of Dakar Rally 2020. The new Praga V4S DKR needs a good service, but this time it is only on the crew, without their mechanics. Although the Wednesday’s special stage did not go very smoothly for Instaforex Loprais Team, Praga is now even closer to Siarhei Viazovich with MAZ in the third place.

2020 Dakar

The Dakar Rally 2020 stage from Haradh to Shubaytah was prepared as the marathon stage. That requires all the crews to be in a separated bivouac in the evening, without their mechanics and facilities. It makes the crews fully responsible for their vehicles, using only parts and tools that they brought themselves.

It puts extra pressure on the mechanics during the night before the marathon stage.

“As a precaution, we changed the turbo, tyres, we refilled oils, greased steering and checked the whole vehicle. We also had to make a new exhaustion pipe that caused us issues yesterday and changed the hoses it had damaged. And of course, we had to pack everything, even things we usually do not bring along, like the control unit, power box, connecting rods, air filter and some sensors,” explained crew mechanic Petr Pokora.

Wednesday’s special stage was supposed to be 534 kilometres long, with a 30-kilometre long final part in fields of dunes. But the weather was against it as sandstorm and low visibility forced the organisers to stop the event after just 223 kilometres.

But even on a shortened route, Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora have gained 24 minutes on Siarhei Viazovich. He is now only 41 minutes ahead of the Czech team. All that despite a troubling day for the Instaforex Loprais Team.

“Today, we had some issues with our turbo sensor. We had to stop and reset the car five times. Sometimes, it was about survival. However, we need to thank our Lady for making it to the end. We’ll be intensively working on her with the guys ahead of tomorrow’s difficult stage. But today it’s only on us because we don’t have our mechanics. It’ll be an interesting night,” said Aleš Loprais.

The penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally 2020 will bring the crews back to Haradh. This stage is 744 kilometres long, out of which 379 will be timed. The first 80 kilometres will offer some of the most formidable dunes in Saudi Arabia.

Loprais and Praga slowed down by cracked exhaust pipe

2020-01-14 19:58:17
After yesterday's success, Ales Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora continued in the Dakar Rally 2020 in a great way.

After yesterday’s success, Aleš Loprais, Khalid Alkendi and Petr Pokora continued in the Dakar Rally 2020 in a great way. The Instaforex Loprais Team fought for another top 3 result in Tuesday’s stage, but a cracked exhaust pipe slowed down the Praga V4S DKR just before the end.

2020 Dakar

The ninth stage of Dakar Rally 2020 headed from Wadi Al-Dawasir to Haradh. The whole route was 886 kilometres long, out of which 410 kilometres were timed. The special stage offered a combination of many different terrains – while it all started in canyons and riverbeds with rocky terrain, the following part was all about speed before offering a more technical final part.

Since the first sectors, the red, white and black Praga was holding the third place, behind the overall leader Andrey Karginov on Kamaz and Siarhei Viazovich on MAZ. However, the Instaforex Loprais Team finished in the fourth position in the end.

“We had a beautiful stage today. We were holding the third place, but then, with just 30 kilometres to go, our exhaust fell off the truck, melt a hose and it started to melt also the piston rod of a steering. We had to stop. For a moment, it looked like it might take away all the air and our brakes would get jammed. However, that didn’t happen, and we made it to the end. We wanted more, but we’re grateful to be here and we’re still in the game,” explained Aleš Loprais.

The InstaForex Loprais Team still holds the fourth place in the overall standings, one hour and five minutes behind Viazovich in the third position.

But the crucial part of the Dakar Rally is coming now. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow will be dedicated to a marathon stage that is over 1,350 kilometres long. And Rub’ al Khali desert and its fields of dunes are going to test every competitor.

On Wednesday, the tenth stage of the event will be 608 kilometres long, out of which 534 kilometres are going to count as a timed stage. The final 30 kilometres will offer dunes. As the days in Saudi Arabia are short, anybody who might get late will face the darkness. After the stage, the crews will be put into a separate bivouac in Shubaytah, without their mechanics and teams.

The second part of the marathon stage is a route back to Haradh, which is 744 kilometres long, with 379 kilometres of special stage. And in the first 80 kilometres of the stage, the drivers are going to enjoy some of the most formidable dunes in the country.

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