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Russian Truck Team Leads Dakar 2011

11. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Dakar 2011 is in full swing and Russia’s KAMAZ truck team, led by Vladimir “Tsar of Dakar” Chagin is the current leader.


On Monday, Chagin, a six-time Dakar winner, and teammates Savostin Sergey and Shaysultanov Ildar clocked in at 6 hours, one minute and 12 seconds on the ninth leg of the rally, while a second Russian truck team led by Firdaus Kabirov came in 32 minutes later. Kabirov, a two-time Dakar winner, is racing with Belyaev Aydar and Mokkev Andrey.


Created by Frenchman Thierry Sabine in 1978, the Dakar Rally is an annual off-road endurance race featuring some of the world’s toughest drivers. This year’s event lasts January 1st – 16th and over 400 cars, motorcycles, trucks, and quad bikes are braving the grueling, 6,000-mile trek. The route winds through the Andes Mountains and Atacama desert into northern Chile, and back down into Argentina.


Tasmin Jones, a participant in last year’s race, described Dakar to CNN:


"It's an unbelievable experience. This race breaks people, it makes grown men cry. It takes the lives of top riders… It is a brutal test of endurance where you have to dig deeper than you ever have before to get to the end.”


Chagin won Dakar in 2010 and is a favorite to win this year as well. We wish Chagin and the Russian team the best of luck! Here’s a profile video from Redbull.