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Rally Lisbon-Dakar 2006 ":" Kamaz "outside competition (photo)

January 10 2006

While the rest of the auto world is resting on formulicheskimi madness, we, the Russians again have a reason for joy and pride for their country. What we are squat machine, developing a perfectly smooth road exorbitant rate .... Our heritage - a huge Kamaz, flying on the sands of Mauritania. Legendary rally "Paris-Dakar rally, and now the Lisbon-Dakar" makes many of our fans cling to the TV screens in sweet anticipation of victory.

Exhausting race has already passed its equator. After a day of rest pilots obeyed the 9 th, the most difficult stage of the marathon - Nouakchott - Kiffa. This site is the main sport top rally "Lisbon-Dakar 2006". And, this height in the class of trucks first to reach the crew consisting of pilot Vladimir Chagin, navigator Semyon Yakubov, and mechanic Sergei Savostina. 599 miles in 10 hours, 47 minutes and 41 seconds - a seventh victory this year over the competitors, track, fatigue .... After 34 minutes at the finish line came the main rival of Russians - Brazilian De Azevedo in the Tatra, and after 1 hour plus and Czech Martin Machico on LiAZ.

Day and night earlier during a one-day respite bivouac was like a big repair shop for a fixed restoration. In the class of vehicles to pass before the last stage of the capital of Mauritania, and invest in the allotted time for this was only Kabirov, Chagin and Stacey. All other participants freight battles, and their far left 47 out of 69, launched in Lisbon, received the penalty time: it is too tedious, treacherous and unpredictable was the last special stage for them to Nouakchott.

Mechanics of the KAMAZ-Master "is not left on trucks or a single node and details which would not be touched by a careful diagnosis, maintenance, and, if necessary - repair. But this track special stage 9 stage puts everything in its own way: not only is it the longest at this rally - 599 km, but very insidious: a whole series of successive dunes and stony-speed sections of the vast plateau. Is where to descend on the treacherous crater or lose orientation. And yesterday, closer to the night, the team almost lost a sports truck. Late at night, Andrew went to wash Mokeev KAMAZ Firdaus Kabirov. In urban sink beneath him could not resist concrete flooring, and huge car failed by one party in a hole for water drainage and waste oils. More than two hours under the guidance of Kabirov continued operation of the truck rescue from captivity.

I had to use port crane and another truck. The operation was the jewelry. Benefit to the cleaning was not a roof, a crane carefully, inch by inch lift the KAMAZ truck and dragged, and slowly and carefully, race car hanging from holes in the floor. Mechanics on bivouac had again put on overalls and big, and deal only with crumpled lining the starboard side.

The incident with the Russian team did not turn dire consequences. Still, Round 9 forced to recall last year's monstrous race that claimed several lives.

The 250-km special stage death crash Australian motorcycle racer from Team KTM Andy Caldecott. Doctors at the helicopter, which arrived to the scene after 24 minutes, pronounced him dead 41-year old biker from a broken cervical vertebrae. It was the third "Dakar" Andy. Last year, he was at the finish line in sixth. Tragic coincidence - that this segment special stage was killed a year ago, an Italian motorcycle racer, a star of first magnitude of world motorsport Fabrizio Meon ....

Article for KAMAZ not so smoothly evolved to - at the beginning of "Dakar" - on the route of our sporting caravan got a blizzard. Machines simply could not manage to get to the place before the end of registration. But on Dec. 29 was the team with administrative and technical committee.

Start the rally was scheduled for 6 hours and 30 minutes of local time, on December 31. Long course in Dakar have 484 members: 177 cars, 233 motorcycles and 74 trucks, which assisted 240 cars technical support.

The number of participants may have been greater if not before been disqualified all five sporting teams of Dutch lorries DAF «De Rooy 2006" and «Hans Bekx team sport». The representative of the Commissariat of the rally, said: "The Dutch are in the design of their trucks for a number of technical issues, which in no way corresponds to those that are officially declared by them in the technical documentation. Rules, there are rules. And they are the same for everyone. "

It is unfortunate that this year has not turned out bright against principal rivals, but maybe it's for the best .... Meanwhile, blue KAMAZ "ATVs" rushing at full speed to the shore of Lake Rose, which is located in the outskirts of the capital of Senegal.

January 15, when 9,043 kilometers will be back, hopefully, we once again hear the roar of triumphant horns Russian trucks ....

See photo essay about the Rally Lisbon-Dakar 2006 ".

Used in the preparation of information and pictures from the official site team "Kamaz-Master" (Team "KAMAZ-Master").

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