Thomas Kongshoj will become the first Danish driver in Dakar since 2011
It’s been more than a decade since a Dane competed on two wheels in the Dakar Rally. As acceptance letters continue to pour in for those hoping to try their luck at the 2023 edition, Thomas Kongshoj will break the period of drought in his country.
Assuming his plans don’t change, Kongshøj should be the first Danish driver to race in Dakar since Jes Munk in 2011. Munk, Denmark’s first overall Dakar competitor, switched to four-wheel racing following serious wreckage in a motorcycle accident in 2013 that left him in a coma for a fortnight, and entering the Dakar 2015 arrived by buggy.
Kongshøj is a ten-time motocross and enduro champion in his home country, winning the national motocross title in 2007 before winning nine enduro crowns in total from 2013 to 2018. Outside Denmark he won the Swedish national enduro championship in 2014, followed by the Sea to Course enduro Sky in a year later. When not racing, he runs Thomas Kongshøj Adventure for adventure and rider development.
In 2021, he is expanding his playing field to cross-country rallying by making his debut in FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship at the end of the season Abu Dhabi Desert Challengewhich is currently a step on the World Rally Raid Championship like the Dakar Rally. Ride a KTM with DUUST Rally Team, he finished fourth in the Rally2 class and eighth overall. In March, Kongshøj entered the FIM Bajas World Cupit is Qatar International Baja and finished eleventh overall; he had physically placed fourth but suffered a time penalty for a faulty GPS and lost further ground assisting another driver.
“Holy shit. It’s insane. I can not believe it. I am a proud man,” started a post from Kongshøj on social media. “I have now received a response from my team and Saudi Arabia that I have just been registered and qualified to drive the 2023 Dakar Rally! A dream I had since I was very young is now coming true I am SO happy and SO proud of my team and the journey we are on over the next three years.
“The 2023 Dakar Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia and will start on December 31, 2022 and run until January 15, 2023. The route will stretch from the beaches of the Red Sea to the sands of the Persian Gulf of Dammam. The journey includes a prologue and 14 stages from the northwest mountain ranges and further to the southeast. With a total of 9000 kilometers this edition will offer the longest competitive distance since 2014. It’s going to be an adventure in a class of its own and I can not wait to be there !
“I can’t wait to represent Denmark, who haven’t been represented since 2011 in my class, in the biggest and toughest off-road race in the world. Hope you follow along at home behind the screen Are you ready for real adventures?
While big news, Kongshøj knows not to set his expectations too high as a rookie; responding to a fan on Facebook, he explained the “the objective is to complete the first year”. As indicated in his message, he plans to participate in the events of 2024 and 2025 and obviously improve his performance in each race.
Kongshøj intends to hold a sponsorship event at Feddet Strand Resort in Faxe on August 31 to discuss promotional opportunities and his plans for the rally.
The 2023 Dakar Rally is scheduled from December 31, 2022 to January 15.