Rally Raider Przygoński Targets Drift Masters European Championship

A master of transition who successfully went from two wheels to four in the Dakar Rally, Poland’s Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygoński will now show his versatility once again as he takes aim at the Drift Masters European Championship title in 2022. Here is all you need to know:

– After finishing sixth in the 2022 Dakar Rally car category, Przygoński has signed on for a full DMEC season while continuing his off-road career in the newly formed FIA World Rally Raid Championship.

– With five Polish National Drifting Championships and a Guinness World Record for fastest controlled skid (217.97 km/h) to his credit, the 36-year-old is eager to mix it up alongside Elias and Johannes Hountondji – the Red Bull Drift Brothers – and fast-rising star Conor Shanahan.

– Przygoński is best known for his success at the iconic Dakar Rally in the bike and car categories where he was named best rookie in 2009 as well as banking fourth place in cars at the 2019 and 2021 editions.

– The Warsaw native has previously competed in single DMEC events – even seeing the view from the podium – but timing had never been right for a full campaign until now and he is all in.

– He revealed: “Drifting encompasses extremely short runs that take about 30 seconds. They require fast reactions and precision, the latter being simply crucial. It’s something completely different from the Dakar Rally, where we compete in the desert for a few hours. I decided to take part in every stop of the DMEC season, as competing in the entire series of European competitions has been on my mind for a while now. For the first time, the calendar doesn’t overlap with rally-raid events, so it’s perfect. I’m looking forward to every start, but especially the Polish audience.”

– Launched in 2014, DMEC is a knockout format where drivers face off in ‘twin battles’ with the chase driver aiming to follow the lead driver as closely as possible drifting door-to-door at high speeds.

– In 2022 the DMEC will encompass six events, beginning with the season opener at Ireland’s Mondello Park in May. June will see the cars in action at PS Racing Center in Austria, followed by two events in July: racing at Sweden’s Drivecenter Arena AB followed by the perennial highlight of the ‘King of Riga’ showdown at Latvia’s Riga Race Track. In August, Germany hosts the racing at Ferropolis City of Iron. It all leads up to the season finale – a home country event for Przygoński at Moto Arena Łódź.

– Przygoński added: “It’ll be an intense season, but I’m excited about the new challenges and development opportunities. The drifters have spent all winter working on their supercharged cars with even 700 to 800 horsepower under the hood. The twin battles will surely be thrilling.”

Other 2022 DMEC drivers to watch

Germany’s Johannes Hountondji, 41, and Elias Hountondji, 36, are two of Europe’s best-known drivers, twice winning the King of Europe team crown as well as individual honours. DMEC contenders since 2018, the Red Bull Drift Brothers take to the track in 2022 with the formidable new BMW M4 cars that they have been refining for optimal drift since introducing the powerful machines last year.

Multiple Irish drifting champion Conor Shanahan became the youngest driver ever to have won British, Irish and European professional drifting events when he made his DMEC debut at the 2018 season opener and – just minutes into his 15th birthday – beat defending champion James Deane for victory. Most recently, he won Round 3 of the 2021 stop in Latvia, and the young Irishman is sure to be on the charge.

2022 DMEC Calendar

May 7-8: Ireland – Mondello Park
June 18-19: Austria – PS Racing Center
July 1-2: Sweden – Drivecenter Arena AB
July 29-30: Latvia – Riga Race Track
August 19-20: Germany – Ferropolis City of Iron
September 30-October 1: Poland – Moto Arena Łódź

Discover the Drift Masters European Championship HERE.

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