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Jan 18 2019

The KAMAZ-master team won the gold and silver Dakar Rally 2019

The crew of Eduard Nikolayev became the winner in the freight classification of the Dakar-2019 rally marathon. Another Russian crew, Dmitry Sotnikov, won the silver medal of the extreme race, which finished on January 17 in Lima, the capital of Peru. Bronze race won the Dutchman Gerard De Roy (Iveco). 


From the beginning to the end, to remain focused – this task was faced by the participants at the final 112-km special section of the Pisco-Lima stage. No accident should prevent participants from maintaining their positions in the race and reach the finish line. Places in the table of general classification went to athletes too high a price. 


The organizers of the race did everything so that the forty-first Dakar would be remembered by the participants for the difficulties of the route. Peruvian dunes and off-road – the 3000 km long track was marked by the highest category of complexity. The percentage of participants dropping in all categories was unusually high. Two more KAMAZ crews, Andrei Karginov and Airat Mardeev, also selflessly fought for the result, but were slightly less successful than their teammates. Andrei Karginov was removed from the race after the 5th stage of the rally. Ayrat Mardeev was eliminated from the competition due to technical problems. 

In total, 334 sports crews from 61 countries came out at the start of the Dakar-2019, including 41 sports trucks. In the truck category, the recognized leaders of the IVECO, TATRA, RENAULT, SCANIA, LIAZ, MAZ and other truck champions claimed the title of the Dakar champions this year. less than 10 top crews. 

QUOTES 

Vladimir Chagin, head of the KAMAZ-master team 
“Two weeks of the hardest race in Peru ended successfully. Dakar-2019 will be remembered for its extreme complexity. All this time we felt a huge responsibility to the Russian fans, partners of the team. The bitter struggle kept everyone in suspense until the last day of the race. For us it was important to prove the advantage of the Russian technology and our motorsports school. It is especially pleasant that we managed to win this victory in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the KAMAZ plant. 


Eduard Nikolaev, the pilot of the crew number 500 

“The race was at the limit of the capabilities of people and technology. The second part of the rally, we drove only two crews. In fact, after the rest day, the race started from scratch. Constantly felt the onslaught of rivals. Particularly happy that the car did not let down. This brand new generation of sports trucks of our team was created in accordance with the new regulations of the race. Over the past year, the whole team spent a lot of effort on its development, construction and fine-tuning. I am happy that we managed to please all Russians. This is our common victory! ” 


“Great happiness that you can finally exhale. Finish and win! The race was pretty dramatic. From the very beginning, the crews of the KAMAZ-masters set the pace. It was very important to “bring” the result to the finish line in Lima. Pressing rivals was very powerful. Unpredictable and extremely difficult in the passage of the Peruvian dunes on any day could make adjustments to the situation in the classification. But the command tactics, the dedicated work of the whole team team and, of course, the support of the fans helped us to achieve a remarkable team result: the gold and silver of Dakar will go to Russia! ”

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