ROBIN
SZUSTKOWSKI

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

The world of business and the world of sport – two domains in which the personalty and the will of fight allow you to face challenges. Robin (Robert Jan) Szustkowski, despite his young age, proves that you can achieve successes in both of them.

For several years, Robin has been taking an active part in numerous off-road rallies, organized in various parts of our globe. He represented Poland, among others, as a member of the Lotto Team. He took part in the Dakar and Silk Way Rally rallies, in which he proved himself despite the extremely difficult driving conditions. He shares his passion for motorsport with his father, Robert Szustkowswki, who is also a recognized rally driver.

RALLIES:

  • RMF Marocco Challenge Cup 2010
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Mitsubishi Pajero)
  • Dakar Rally 2012
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Robert Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Mercedes Unimog U400)
  • Dakar Rally 2013
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Mercedes Unimog U400)
  • The OiLibya Rally of Marocco 2013
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Tatra)
  • Silk Way Rally 2013
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Robert Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Tatra)
  • Baja Poland 2014
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Tatra)
  • The OiLibya Rally of Marocco 2014
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk, Albert Gryszczuk – Mercedes Unimog U400)
  • Dakar Rally 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Tatra)
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Baja Aragon 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)

RALLIES:

  • HunGarian Baja 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Baja Poland 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • The OiLibya Rally of Marocco 2015
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Robert Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Italian Baja 2016
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • HunGarian Baja 2016
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Baja Poland 2016
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • The OiLibya Rally of Marocco 2017
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Robert Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk – Ford Raptor)
  • Africa Eco Race 2017
    (crew Robin Szustkowski, Robert Szustkowski, Jaroslaw Kazberuk, Albert Gryszczuk – Ford Raptor)

– It was my first Silk Way. So far I have traveled two Dakaras and I thought it was hard there. It turned out, however, that the weather conditions and routes were the same, if not more difficult than those from South America. The temperature was probably the worst. Day by day heat. We had 57 degrees in the cabin – told Szustkowski about impressions from the rally.

– fakt.pl on the Silk Way 2013 rally

Twenty-two trucks reached the finish line in Astrakhan. If not for the failure in the fifth stage, Poles, traveling for the first time in Tatra, would finish the rally in the top ten. Even so they deserve credit, because a damaged drive usually means the end of competition. – We feel unsatisfied, because we could fight for a much better place. On the other hand, these experiences will allow us to refine the truck so that our main goal – Dakar – pass without unpleasant surprises – said Szustkowski.

– fakt.pl on the Silk Way 2013 rally

„Positive pluses” and „negative pluses”

Compared to passenger cars, we have better visibility, because the cabin is located much higher. Also, a truck is a truck – it is more durable and will almost always withstand more, it has bigger and harder wheels. On the other hand, passenger cars are gentler, more comfortable and, above all, faster. The truck has more mass and inertia, which makes it easier to tip over. It is less agile, and changing the wheel is a great challenge because of the weight.

Three heads are more than one

The truck crew consists of three people – driver, pilot and mechanic. As long as nothing happens, the first two have the most work, but the mechanic does not get bored. While driving, he watches over the tire pressure and modifies it, depending on the terrain. He watches over the temperature of the engine and other components and records events that may be relevant to the service.

– redbull.com about the Dakar Rally 2015

No Versailles in here

The cabin is very tight, because three people travel in it. The passenger on the right-most seat is exposed to the greatest discomfort and shock. There is so little room inside that when we take off our helmets, there is no place to put them in!

Can you help? We can help!

Passenger car drivers buried in the sand or drowned in the mud often count on the help of trucks. For them to get them out of trouble is of course nothing, but that’s a waste of time. Those who drive in the back, however, most often help. But it is not a rule that only the weaker are helping. Our crew also pulled cars out of the sand, even when we fought hard for the result.

– redbull.com about the Dakar Rally 2015

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