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Timo GOTTSCHALK

(deu) 1.78m / 77kg

Hobbies

Cycling, dogs, nature, cinema

Vehicle

Brand : Mini
Model : John Cooper Works Buggy
Performance tuner : X-Raid Orlen Team
Engine : turbo engine based on a BMW production engine
Power : 270 kw / 3.500 rpm
Weight : 1585kg
Assistance : X-Raid Orlen Team
Class : T1.2 FIA

Rankings

2020 : Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Polish Cross-Country Rallies Championship (1st)
2019 : FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas (2nd): Dubai International Baja (1st), Baja Aragon (3rd), Hungarian Baja (4th), Baja Poland (2nd), Jordan Baja (1st), Baja Portalegre (3rd)
2018 : Silk Way Rally (1st)
2016 : Qatar Cross-Country Rally (2nd), Sardinia Rally (6th), Silk Way Rally (2nd)
2015 : Egypt Rally (2nd)
2014 : Baja Russia (1st), Italian Baja (1st), Egypt Rally (1st)
2010 : Silk Way Rally (2nd)
2008 : Central Europe Rally (3rd)
2005-2006 : WRC races
2004 : Asia-Pacific championship (2nd)

Big talent in a Mini

‘Kuba’ made his rally-raid debut back in 2009 in the motorcycle category, finishing best ‘rookie’ for his efforts. His best result on two wheels came in 2014 with a 6th place, before he switched to cars in 2018. Since then he has made steady progress, finishing runner up in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2017 before going on to win the series in 2018. For the third consecutive year the Polish driver has been accompanied by the experienced German co-driver Timo Gottschalk, who guided Al Attiyah to his first Dakar win back in 2011. Twice on the World Cup podium alongside Yazeed Al Rajhi (2014 and 2016), the German is highly experienced in navigating for top level drivers. The pairing switched cars at the end of the 2021 season for the Rallye du Maroc, moving to the Mini buggy that Peterhanel used to win the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2019 and the Dakar in 2020. Progressively ‘Kuba’ and Timo have adapted to their new vehicle after mechanical problems in Morocco. 11th on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, then 6th at the final of the World Cup in Ha’il last winter, for their third outing aboard the X-Raid buggy, they hoovered between 5th and 10th overall throughout the last Dakar to take 6th place in Jeddah for the opening round of the W2RC. Consistency and combined experience which should see the pairing soon back on the podium. 4th in the World Championship after the Dakar, the Orlen backed crew nevertheless need to keep a wary eye out for the SRT buggy of Mathieu Serradori, just 3 points behind them going into the second round.

Ranking 2022

Total dakar abu-dhabi kazakhstan andalucia maroc
58 25 + 11
(4.)
20 + 2
(3.)
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