Energylandia South Racing Can-Am’s Eryk Goczal is the Youngest Dakar Winner Ever!

Can-Am dominated the T3 Lightweight Prototype class and T4 Modified Production class in the 2023 Dakar. Eryk Goczal of the Energylandia South Racing Can-Am team won his class – at 18 years old!

Eryk Goczal not only won the T4 class in the 2023 Dakar Rally, his dad Marek Goczal finished third! It was quite a race for Can-Am. According to BRP – Austin Jones and Seth Quintero, with the Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team, won first and second overall in the T3 Lightweight Prototype class piloting their Can-Am Maverick X3s. In T4: Eryk Goczal, (with co-pilot, Oriol Mena) with the Energylandia South Racing Can-Am team won in its Can-Am Maverick X3. He was closely followed by Rokas Baciuška of the Red Bull Can-Am Factory team, and Marek Goczal in third, for a T4 podium sweep.

Can-Am won its sixth straight Dakar Rally, winning both the T3 Lightweight Prototype class and T4 Modified Production class.

“The team performed exceptionally, taking home 25 out of the 26 cars. This Dakar was particularly challenging, and the fact that we achieved success in both T3 and T4 categories is a testament to our strength. We are grateful to all who contributed to our success and are now looking forward to a much-needed rest.”

Scott Abraham, Team Principal of South Racing and Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team

Goczal and co-pilot, Oriol Mena, finished the race with an overall time of 53:10.14, followed by Baciuška in second, and Marek Goczal in third.

“This is my first Dakar. It’s one of my dreams to be here, I couldn’t be more thankful for my family and team, they made this all possible. We took a big risk to go for the overall lead a few days ago, I gave it everything I had and it paid off.”

Eryk Goczal, Energylandia South Racing Can-Am

Congratulations to young Eryk and the Can-Am team!

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