The driver of the “KAMAZ-Master” Dmitry Sotnikov has shared his impressions of the victory in the rally-RAID “silk road”.
The fate of first place was decided at the 13th stage, when in a bitter struggle with team mate Anton Shibalov’s silver medalist of “Dakar-2017” increased his lead from three to six minutes. Shibalov was hoping to win on the final day, but the stage was cancelled due to heavy rains.
“To be honest, no strength left for emotions, – Sotnikov, quoted “R-Sport”. – I have these races don’t even remember. It was a very difficult stage. Every minute and second I felt on the physical level. Had to scratch them every day, with every day it became harder and harder. We had to go steadily. To lead as many days – even more difficult. I am glad that it happened.
I’m glad that Anton has imposed such a struggle – it added to the severity of the race. Both received pleasure, because did their best. Unfortunately, the winner one. I congratulate Anton really wanted to see him in the first place, it’s great riding. The lag is minimal. It speaks of the level of competition.”
Shibalov added: “to Play [behind Sotnikova], frankly, wanted. Hoping that there will be another special stage, but the weather’s suddenly got corrupted. Six minutes… Arriving at the finish of the last stage, we thought that finished at the top, but apparently not. To win in 2018, we’ll be there. This time I took it out last year, and next year will be even better. I hope that we will achieve first place.”
Third place went to another representative of the “KAMAZ-Master” Ayrat Mardeev. However, unlike the Peugeot in the category of SUVs, the team from “Naberezhnye Chelny” has decided to postpone the celebration of the victory ceremony to the finish line in XI’an.
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