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Martin Prokop

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Career Summary

Info

Nationality:  CZE
Date of Birth: 04.10.1982
Age: 31
Birthplace: Jihlava (CZE)
First Rally: 2005, Monte Carlo

Season 2014

Classification: WRC
Car No: 21
Team: Jipocar Czech National Team
Co-driver: Jan Tomanek
Points: 31
Standing: 9
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

Here’s what makes him special:

• The leading privateer driver in 2013

• A WRC support championship veteran, in 2009 he was crowned Junior champion AND came second in the Production championship

• His Fiesta RS World Rally cars are all called Fiona

• A popular guy, he enjoys a huge following – especially in the Czech Republic

The story so far

After learning his craft in the Czech Rally Championship, Prokop stepped up to the world stage in 2005 with a Junior World Rally Championship campaign at the wheel of a Suzuki Ignis.

Prokop switched to a Citroen C2 S1600 for 2006 and took his first JWRC win at Rally Catalunya. Further progress came in 2007, when he finished third, thanks to wins in Germany and Corsica. He also tackled a handful of rallies in a four-wheel-drive Gp.N Mitsubishi Lancer.

In 2008 he ran both the Lancer and the C2 in the JWRC and Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) finishing third and fifth respectively. He did the same again in 2009, this time taking the title in JWRC and the runner up spot in PWRC.

He switched to the new SWRC in 2010, finishing third with a Ford Fiesta S2000. He achieved the same result in 2011.

A 10-event programme in a Fiesta RS world rally car followed in 2012, but apart from fourth place in Argentina results were generally disappointing.

Another fourth place, this time in Germany, was the highlight of 2013, when he tackled every WRC round except Australia. He ended the season as leading privateer and will hope to keep that honour in 2014 when he will contest the same number of rallies.