31 December in Monaco, will start ninth in the history of the rally-marathon “Africa Eco race”, which is traditionally held on the old route of “Dakar”.
In Europe only will be held the ceremony of the start, after which the participants will pass the 370-kilometre liaison from Monaco to the French port of Sete, ferry will depart for Morocco, where on 2 January will start the main program consisting of 12 stages with a rest day on 7 January. The route will also take place on the territories of Mauritania and Senegal and will end on January 14 at the Pink lake in Dakar.
In total, four categories at the start there are 84 participants, including seven Russian crews.
In the truck class will feature two of the crew of “KAMAZ-Master” – Sergey Kupriyanov, as in previous years, will continue to be behind the wheel of gas “KAMAZ”. But behind the wheel of the second car of the team from Naberezhnye Chelny sit Andrey karginov – winner of “Dakar-2014” will debut in “Africa Eco race”.
“KAMAZ-Master” before “Dakar” and “Africa Eco race”
“Recently, the “KAMAZ-Master” took part in both races. As we have seen, the route they are different. In Africa more classic for rally-RAID route, so we traded places with Anton Shibalov, told karginov in an interview with the newspaper “Soviet sport”. – I five times took part in the “Dakar” in South America, all the possible trails there already seen. And in Africa was only in 2007 in the role of night mechanics, drove the whole route in a “technical”. So I am very interested to drive the wheel, to test themselves, to test the machine, well see what we can do”.
Recall that the team “KAMAZ-Master” is in the “Africa Eco race” in 2014 and in that time never missed a win.
In the category of SUVs also have someone to cheer. Of course, the main attention will be paid to the holders of the FIA world Cup for cross country rallies, Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsova, who will perform on the BMW X3. The crew of G-Energy Team chose to go to Africa and not South America, where from 2 to 14 will be the “Dakar”.
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In addition to Vasilyev and Zhiltsov in the category of SUVs will be presented two more Russian crew: Victor Horoshavtsev and Anton Nikolaev the BMW X3, Maxim Kirpili and Artem Shevelev for Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Proto.
“We’re one crew paired with Artem Shevelev. With him I participated in my first African marathon in 2011, told about his participation Kirpili . – Artem is a very good driver, professional, and, despite the fact that because of the work he has lately not so regularly participates in races, the experience of participation in the marathon “Africa race”, “the silk road” and the championship of Russia on rally-raids he is rich enough. So we decided to join forces and go together to Africa, as well as the planned next season to go the championship of Russia on rally-raids in the same crew.”
In the category of ATVs honour of Russia will protect debutant Alexander Maksimov from Yoshkar-Ola. Special attention should be paid to Dmitry Agoshkov – their debut “Africa Eco race-2016” rider from Togliatti finished in a stunning fourth place and now try to fight for the podium.
“The result, of course, want to come to the podium. If all is well formed, it is very decent, – has shared expectations Agoshkov. Last year I finished fourth. But it must be luck, and so the driving was easy! So what are we going to act during the race, without putting himself in advance of any plans. Because the marathon is long distance, 12 battle stages.
The race felt very different, and positional alignment can change any day, as component of the sport is very diverse and complex. Stages where there are serious navigation, allow to equalize the chances of winning relative to the faster racers. So I’m looking forward to a great adventure and sports, whose ultimate goal for all of us is a podium finish at the Pink lake in Dakar!”
Well, good luck to all Russian crew and get to the finish line at Pink lake in the highest positions.
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