Karel Loprais (born March 4, 1949 in Ostrava
) is a Czech rally raid
driver and 6-time winner of the Dakar Rally
in the truck
He started working in Tatra
, as a factory worker in 1967, later becoming a test driver
. He competed with a Tatra 815
truck in the Dakar Rally for the first time in 1986,
"The call of the road"
. ''Prague Post'', February 21, 2001. Retrieved on May 17, 2013. Dead link.
being disqualified from the 2nd place for arriving late to the last stage start. He competed 19 times between 1986-2006 and claimed six titles (1988, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001), four second places (1987, 1996, 2000, 2002), one third place (1992), two fourth places (1990, 1991) and one seventh place (2004).
After his second victory in 1994, when he placed at the 6th place in the common auto-camion category some media started to call him ''Monsieur Dakar''.
"Karel Loprais forfait pour le Dakar"
''Réseau des sports'', November 2, 2006. Retrieved on May 17, 2013.
After the Dakar he took part in the Paris-Moscow-Beijing
rally in 1993 (3rd place), the Master Rallye
in 1995 (4th place) and the UAE Desert Challenge
in 1999 (3rd place) and 2000 (2nd place).
Dakar Rally results
Category:Sportspeople from Ostrava
Category:Czech rally drivers
Category:Off-road racing drivers
Category:Dakar Rally drivers
Category:Dakar Rally winning drivers
Category:Recipients of Medal of Merit (Czech Republic)
Category:Rally raid truck drivers