Russia’s Kamaz-Master team budget grows to $10 mln in 2017


The budget of Russia’s Kamaz-Master team that participates in annual Dakar rallies has increased to about $10 million in 2017, Kamaz truck producer CEO Sergei Kogogin told TASS on Jan. 4.

“We have sorted out things with the team’s budget. Kamaz has increased financing for 2017 and additional sponsors have come,” Kogogin said.

“The budget has increased compared with 2016 and become sufficient for the team’s maintenance and its development. This is about $10 million,” the Kamaz CEO said.

“Sponsors have not remained indifferent. All have come to show understanding for the current economic situation. The figures have grown a little and our sponsors are not only advertising themselves but are also showing respect for the team, its leadership, history and what has been done,” he said.

After two stages of the Dakar 2017 Rally, the Kamaz-Master crews are holding the second, ninth, 15th and 18th places.


Dakar 2017, Stage 12: Nikolaev leads Kamaz 1-2 in trucks

Eduard Nikolaev secured his second Dakar Rally trucks title, leading home teammate Dmitry Sotnikov in a one-two for the Russian Kamaz marque.

Nikolaev, whose first title came in 2013, spent the entire 2017 edition of the rally bar the first two stages in the top three overall.

After leading Stage 3, Nikolaev dropped behind first Sotnikov then defending champion Gerard de Rooy (Iveco).

The Dutchman led as the first week ended, but quickly dropped behind the aforementioned Kamaz duo with a puncture on the eighth stage, before losing further time to navigational difficulties on Stage 10.

Sotnikov led again for two days but Nikolaev set the pace on Stages 10 and 11, giving him a 17-minute lead before the final sprint stage in Rio Cuarto.

He collected his fourth stage win of the weekend in the final run, and scored Kamaz’s 14th title in the process, beating Sotnikov by just under 19 minutes.

Sotnikov recorded his best Dakar result in second place, followed by Iveco duo de Rooy and Federico Villagra, who were 41 minutes and an hour down on Nikolaev respectively.

Ayrat Mardeev brought a third Kamaz into the top five, recording the lowest-placed finish of his Dakar career.


Dakar 2017, Stage 7: Sotnikov eats into De Rooy’s advantage

Dmitry Sotnikov secured his second Dakar stage in the first run of the event’s second week and decreased Gerard De Rooy’s lead to just two minutes.

For the third time in a row, the stage was not completed in its entirety due to poor weather conditions and was instead shortened to a 141km version.Sotnikov beat De Rooy by 4m25s at the finish while the former’s Kamaz teammates Eduard Nikolaev and Ayrat Mardeev were both eight minutes off the pace. Sotnikov passed Nikolaev for second place overall as a result but the latter is also just six minutes behind De Rooy. Iveco duo Ton van Genugten and Federico Villagra both beat De Rooy for second and third in the stage. That allowed Villagra to pass Renault’s Pascal De Beer for fifth with Hans Stacey sitting in seventh.