Tomeček celebrates the 30th anniversary of TATRA at the DAKAR Rally with a second-place finish!

13 January, 2016

The long-distance Rally Africa Eco Race 2016, following in the footsteps of the original Dakar Rally through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, is now history. Tomas Tomeček took the silver in the truck category with the TATRA 815!

The three-time winner of the rally, in 2011, 2012 and 2014, joined his navigator Ladislav Lala and a team of two other accompanying Tatra trucks, to give their fans a wonderful gift on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first start of TATRA vehicles in the Dakar Rally. Thirty years ago, two company teams led by Karel Loprais and Zdenek Kahanek competed there. Neither of them finished the race at that time, but one year later Karel Loprais won the silver for the Paris – Dakar Rally.

In a race that symbolically started on December 27 in Monaco, with the real start taking place on December 29 in Morocco, Tomas Tomeček suffered a lot of bad luck at the very beginning when his Promet/Excalibur Team had three punctures in the 4th stage and thus were way back of the pack. But Tomeček's TATRA 815 was able to catch up in the Sahara dunes, where they won 2 stage victories and one stage silver. Thank to this "surge", Tomas Tomeček managed to reach 2nd place, which he held until the 11th stage, which ended on September 1, 2016. The only Czech representative at the Africa Eco Race was thirteenth overall in the car classification, while in the truck category he lost out only to Russian Anton Shibalov and his Kamaz, who defended his last year's victory.

For more about Tomas Tomeček at Africa Eco Race 2016, please visit the website

Our congratulations to Tomas Tomeček and thanks for representing us!