KAMAZ-MASTER crews lead in the truck category of Dakar.
11.01.2017

10 January, Salta

 Argentinian Salta met the rally-marathon participants with rain. Bad weather conditions still chase Dakar. However, the contestants are not going to forgive the race officials for it, as they were aware of the rain season in these parts. At the same time they highly commended the work of the race director Marc Coma, because he managed to create a various and at the same time challenging route without “sandy” and “desert” countries like Chile and Peru  with Atacama Desert. Thus, in some ways he could regain the reputation of the race after straight and boring tracks (similar to classical rally tracks) of recent years.

The race crews might be even happier with the work of the five-time winner of Dakar if the tracks were dry and they were not cut due to constant rains. As, for example,  it happened today on the stage Uyuni – Salta with the truck category. Instead of 492 km of the second part of yesterday’s marathon, they left only 171 km and the Argentinian part of today’s route was cancelled. However, KAMAZ-master crews snatched the opportunity to improve their positions in the general standings.

As a reminder, yesterday due to the rules of the marathon stage all race crews stayed without assistance teams on  the bovouac in Uyuni. After the rest day in La Pas mechanics and assistance vehicles started to Salta and in case of any breakdowns the sportsmen could rely on themselves only.

The Dutchman Martin Van Den Brink finished first today. Let us remind you that already on the third stage of Dakar his bonnet Renault Sherpa  made him lose 13 hours due to the engine problems, that threw him to the very end of the truck standings. Despite the fact he decided to use the rest stages for training and testing his truck. As you can see, the Dutch has already  refilled his collection of stage victories in the Dakar. The Argentinian Federico Villagra (Iveco) is second today, losing only 17 seconds in favor of the leader. The third position belongs to the crew Nikolaev-Yakovlev-Rybakov(+00:00:42), and the crew Sotnikov-Akhmadeev-Leonov take the fourth position(+00:02:42).

Gerard De Rooy lost approximately 7 min for the wheel change on his way to WP3.  Fortunately, our crews didn’t have problems the wheels. This year our team test Continental tires and they allow the trucks finish the specials. For example, today Eduard Nikolaev stopped on the service point on the assistance route after the finish of the special. After the mountanious section the brakes ran hot and they made the tires warm. When the truck stopped, we heard a strong explosion! It was a rear wheel that exploded.

It’s a big plus for the tire partner of the team that the tires could do till the very finish and the crew didn’t lose time for exchange.

Thus, today’s special brought two KAMAZ-trucks to the first and second places in the general classification of the truck category after 8 legs. However, there is a minimum gap between the Russians and their rival Gerard De Rooy – only 2 min 20 sec.

A disappointing moment is that the rest two Russian crews will hardly manage to battle for the top places in the general standings. Airat Mardeev got stuck in a dangerous way out of the river-bed. The truck was just planted in the loose and wet sand. A lot of trucks and cars were at a stadstill there too, including Hans Stacey(MAN).

The fast assistance of Anton Shibalov stopped to pull out the  teammate’s truck. All towing ropes were ripped, the truck was rescued but they lost a lot of time. During this difficult operation the tow tore again and got into the rear part of Anton’s truck and broke accumulators. They had to drive to the finish only with the help of the generator.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get comments from the sportsmen before finishing the press-release. In the evening of 10 January the Dakar was divided into several parts. As a massive landslide washed away the road, part of contestants and assistance got stuck in the traffic jam on the way to Salta. For those, who managed to drive through this place and who went to Salta on loop roads, the race authorities hurriedly organized a new bivouac located in 40 km from the town. The main part of the race officials and journalists went from Uyuni by plane and stayed on the initial bivouac in Salta.

The logistics of KAMAZ-master team was complicated with the fact that on 9 January the engine on the assistance truck of Fidan Sadykov went out of order while he was driving from La Pas along the curvy roads. His truck was towed by the truck of Vyacheslav Erkhonin. On 10 January the mechanics of the team could repair the truck and now it is going to Salta under its own power.

Dakar-2017. Truck Category. Results of the 8th Stage.  

 

Pos.

#.

Name

Time

Gap

1

506  

VAN DEN BRINK MARTIN

  01:55:20  

00:00:00

2

502

VILLAGRA FEDERICO

01:55:37

00:00:17

3

505

NIKOLAEV EDUARD

01:56:02

00:00:42

4

513

SOTNIKOV DMITRY

01:58:02

00:02:42

5

507

VAN GENUGTEN TON

01:59:09

00:03:49

6

511

VIAZOVICH SIARHEI

02:01:14

00:05:54

7

509

VERSLUIS PETER

02:01:29

00:06:09

8

518

MACIK MARTIN

02:01:59

00:06:39

9

500

DE ROOY GERARD

02:02:33

00:07:13

10

522

VASILEVSKI ALEKSANDR

02:04:37

00:09:17

11

525

VAN GINKEL WULFERT

02:06:02

00:10:42

12

503

LOPRAIS ALES

02:06:13

00:10:53

13

510

DE BAAR PASCAL

02:08:29

00:13:09

14

516

SUGAWARA TERUHITO

02:12:57

00:17:37

15

508

KOLOMY MARTIN

02:13:08

00:17:48

16

521

SMINK JOS

02:18:05

00:22:45

17

520

ROTSAERT STEVEN

02:21:37

00:26:17

18

514

VAN DEN HEUVEL MAURIK

02:24:25

00:29:05

19

523

VERSTEIJNEN VICTOR WILLEM CORNE

02:24:38

00:29:18

20

536

TILBURGS FRANK

02:29:36

00:34:16

21

549

DE GROOT WILLIAM

02:38:31

00:43:11

22

527

ESSERS NOËL

02:39:47

00:44:27

23

539

VAN VELSEN AAD

02:39:59

00:44:39

24

529

ROBINEAU THOMAS

02:41:44

00:46:24

25

538

LLOVERA ALBERT

02:44:43

00:49:23

26

546

DE GROOT RICHARD

02:44:56

00:49:36

27

526

VAN DE LAAR JAN

02:47:56

00:52:36

28

533

VISHNEUSKI ALIAKSEI

02:55:41

01:00:21

29

528

JUVANTENY JORDI

02:58:32

01:03:12

30

541

INGELS DAVE

03:05:46

01:10:26

31

535

SUGAWARA YOSHIMASA

03:15:56

01:20:36

32

540

SMULEVICI ETIENNE

03:17:54

01:22:34

33

512

ARDAVICHUS ARTUR

03:18:10

01:22:50

34

555

OFFRINGA KORNELIS

03:34:44

01:39:24

35

515

SHIBALOV ANTON

03:48:21

01:53:01

36

501

MARDEEV AIRAT

03:50:30

01:55:10

37

504

STACEY HANS

03:53:09

01:57:49

 Dakar-2017. Truck Category. General Classification аfter the 8th Stage.

Pos.

#.

Name

Time

Gap

1

513  

SOTNIKOV DMITRY

17:52:20  

00:00:00

2

505

NIKOLAEV EDUARD

17:54:06

00:01:46

3

500

DE ROOY GERARD

17:54:40

00:02:20

4

502

VILLAGRA FEDERICO

18:21:26

00:29:06

5

510

DE BAAR PASCAL

18:37:54

00:45:34

6

509

VERSLUIS PETER

18:50:16

00:57:56

7

522

VASILEVSKI ALEKSANDR

19:34:46

01:42:26

8

516

SUGAWARA TERUHITO

19:35:47

01:43:27

9

508

KOLOMY MARTIN

19:54:43

02:02:23

10

501

MARDEEV AIRAT

20:02:49

02:10:29

11

503

LOPRAIS ALES

20:21:39

02:29:19

12

515

SHIBALOV ANTON

20:27:05

02:34:45

13

504

STACEY HANS

20:31:31

02:39:11

14

521

SMINK JOS

20:40:23

02:48:03

15

518

MACIK MARTIN

20:52:28

03:00:08

16

511

VIAZOVICH SIARHEI

21:18:55

03:26:35

17

514

VAN DEN HEUVEL MAURIK

21:57:10

04:04:50

18

520

ROTSAERT STEVEN

22:13:13

04:20:53

19

536

TILBURGS FRANK

22:38:17

04:45:57

20

533

VISHNEUSKI ALIAKSEI

23:35:05

05:42:45

21

507

VAN GENUGTEN TON

23:56:45

06:04:25

22

523

VERSTEIJNEN VICTOR WILLEM CORNE

24:50:22

06:58:02

23

525

VAN GINKEL WULFERT

25:10:37

07:18:17

24

541

INGELS DAVE

26:29:20

08:37:00

25

538

LLOVERA ALBERT

27:33:09

09:40:49

26

539

VAN VELSEN AAD

27:52:20

10:00:00

27

527

ESSERS NOËL

28:06:31

10:14:11

28

549

DE GROOT WILLIAM

30:09:37

12:17:17

29

526

VAN DE LAAR JAN

33:14:38

15:22:18

30

512

ARDAVICHUS ARTUR

33:21:29

15:29:09

31

529

ROBINEAU THOMAS

33:32:09

15:39:49

32

535

SUGAWARA YOSHIMASA

33:41:38

15:49:18

33

555

OFFRINGA KORNELIS

34:07:37

16:15:17

34

540

SMULEVICI ETIENNE

36:50:58

18:58:38

35

546

DE GROOT RICHARD

38:26:46

20:34:26

36

528

JUVANTENY JORDI

38:41:52

20:49:32

37

506

VAN DEN BRINK MARTIN

41:51:13

23:58:53

38

542

BOUCOU MICHEL

44:08:01

26:15:41

 

 

 

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