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Eryk GOCZAL

(pol) 1.84m / 67kg

Hobbies

Pushing the gas pedal!

Sponsors

Vekoma, Energylandia, Energy2000, Western Camp, Prestigio-Art, Diverse, South Racing, RMF FM

Vehicle

Brand: BRP
Model
: Maverick
Performance tuner
: South Racing / Energylandia Rally Team
Assistance
: South Racing / Energylandia Rally Team
Class
: T4 FIA

Rankings

2022: Baja Poland (zero car), Polish Drift Championship (1st), Dubai International Baja (1st)
2021: Polish Drift Championship (3rd, Pro2 Class)

“Us three competing in the Dakar is like a dream come true”  

The Goczal name has become familiar on the Dakar in recent years, and a third member of the family is preparing to join the adventure in 2023. Having watched his father Marek and uncle Michal battle for the podium in the SSVs in the last two editions, Eryk Goczal is finally old enough to compete himself in a South Racing-prepared BRP Maverick. The 18-year-old made his rally debut at Baja Europe 2019, driving a zero car for the organisation. He continued in that role throughout the Polish Cross-Country Championship in 2020, before making his debut at the Polish Drift Championship in 2021, as the youngest driver in history. After securing third place in the Pro2 category, he stepped up to the highest class in 2022 and saw off all comers to be crowned Polish Drift Champion, showing that he really means business. He then made his competitive rally-raid debut at the Dubai International Baja -only a month or so before Dakar 2023- and put in a superb showing, finishing as the top T4 ahead of his uncle and father, and as the quickest vehicle outright in the FIA standings. Eryk clearly has a great deal of potential, and has linked up with former biker Oriol Mena for his first tilt at the Dakar. As well as finishing as high as seventh on two wheels in 2018, the Spaniard has worked as a co-driver this year with two World Rally-Raid Champions: Chaleco Lopez and Rokas Baciuska. He helped the Lithuanian snatch a podium place ahead of the Goczal brothers at last year's Dakar, and will now be looking to guide teen sensation Eryk to a memorable debut in the SSVs.  

E.G.: “My dad and uncle began this project two years ago, but I needed to wait patiently because of my age. It’s hard to describe how I feel right now, how I’ve felt for the last few months. Us three competing in the Dakar is like a dream come true for the whole family. We’ve been thinking about it since I can remember. For sure it’s a huge task for every competitor, and according to our research I'll be doing the rally as the youngest car driver in history; I'll be 18 years and 55 days old at the start of the first stage. It's a big deal. I'm incredibly happy, it was my biggest dream. The Dakar is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to approach it with humility and never give up. One bad stage doesn't mean anything, or at least it's not the end of the world, because the rally is so long. Another important thing is keeping the concentration level high for a very long time. That will be something new. Another thing is getting good rest and recovery every day. As it’s my debut, I wanted to have a co-driver with big experience. Oriol is very good, a talented and successful co-driver. At Dakar 2022 he was third, so I hope I'm going to learn as much as I can from him. We've been testing together and drove Baja Poland, so I know it's cool with him. We have the same goals and we're very determined to get a good result. They say the biggest success in the Dakar is reaching the finish line, especially if you’re talking about your debut on the world's hardest rally. But I'm ambitious, and I believe we can add a good result to that. The biggest success for me would be a podium place. That’s my dream and goal."

Ranking 2023

Total Dakar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Sonora Rally Desafio Ruta 40 Rallye du Maroc
8 6 + 2
(13.)
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