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Update: Russian Team Wins Dakar 2011, Receives Congrats From Medvedev

20. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Last week, we reported that Russia’s KAMAZ truck team was leading the pack in Dakar 2011, aiming to win the grueling off-road endurance race for the tenth time. Well, the four-crew team made it happen. On Saturday, Vladimir Chagin and the gang took home the gold, earning congratulations from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

“I congratulate the Russian KAMAZ-Master team and Vladimir Chagin on the spectacular victory in the Dakar Rally. Good boys!” the president Tweeted on Sunday.


Saturday’s victory marks the seventh time Vladimir Chagin, aka The Tsar of Dakar, has won the competition.


At a press conference in Moscow, the Russian truck team reflected on the rally.


“This victory is a nice present to us and to all our fans,” said Russian team leader Semyon Yakubov. “No other team has so many victories. It was tough going to win.”


Vladimir Chagin agreed. “Somewhere in the middle of the race, Czech racer Ales Loprice suddenly overtook us, putting us back in third place. This upset us but made us more eager to win. We did pretty well when we got the fifth place in the trial court. The vehicle ran so fast that it seemed that the wheels were not touching the ground. At least, we never burst our tires. From this moment, luck never left us to the end.”


So, what’s next for the famous KAMAZ-Master team? After some much-needed rest, the crews will prepare for the Silk Way rally in June.


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 lasted January 1st – 16th and over 400 cars, motorcycles, trucks, and quad bikes braved the grueling, 6,000-mile trek. According to The Voice of Russia, over one third of the contestants dropped out of this year's competition mid-race.


Source: English Russia