Russians dominate Dakar again
Posted: 20-Jan-2022 |

It’s now 19 victories in the Truck category of the world’s toughest rally raid event for Russia’s KAMAZ-master team.

The KAMAZ-master team swept the top four places of the Truck category at the 2022 Dakar Rally, held in the dunes, canyons and mountains of Saudi Arabia for the third time.

The Red Bull sponsored squad dominated the 14-day, 8000km marathon with 2021 winner Dmitry Sotnikov racing to back-to-back wins, this time driving the new K5 generation of KAMAZ competition truck.

Team-mate Eduard Nikolaev briefly led the rally after the short preliminary stage on January 1 but a win in the first full stage moved Sotnikov into the lead he never lost. By winning the short final stage alongside the Red Sea, Sotnikov sealed a winning margin of 9m 58s over Nikolaev.

It was a tight battle for the podium with Anton Shibalov taking third place only 1m 13secs behind Nikolaev. In the later days of the rally Andrey Karginov recovered from an earlier loss of time to finish fourth.

Behind the Kamaz quartet the top six was completed by Dutch drivers for Team De Rooy with Iveco Power Stars. Janus van Kasteren finished fifth ahead of Martin van den Brink.

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