The pilot of “KAMAZ-Master” Dmitry Sotnikov in an interview Autopartsway he shared his impressions of the rally-RAID “Dakar-2017”, which his crew took second place, losing only CommandName Eduard Nikolaev.
“Preparing for the “Dakar-2017” was special: we were prepared for any scenario, to any tracks, – said Sotnikov. – Initially, we just were gearing up for the ride, trying not to think about the little things and not to waste precious time.
At some moment of the race we happen for yourself and for everyone else managed to escape in leaders of the overall standings in the truck class. The guys congratulated me with this debut. Interestingly, at the time I felt positive emotions, but did not understand why so all happens.
During the race, we knew that quite competitive and can fight with the others. Since the middle of the race, competitors have already started to drop out, and the leaders were a small group of riders, as the rest are far behind. At this point we had the confidence, after all the battle was directly behind the podium places.
Somewhere three days before the finish had already created a critical backlog in the standings trucks. But before the last day, we have simply tried to bring a double victory to the finish line”.
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