Racers “KAMAZ-Master” told about how they went to the seventh stage of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018”.
As in previous days, the special stage was passed only by Eduard Nikolaev, became the third. Ayrat Mardeev lost time due to the explosion of the wheel in the final part of the race, and Anton Shibalov stopped to help Dmitry Sotnikov, who was having problems with the turbine.
The back of the machine was broken. The results of the seventh stage of “Dakar-2018”
“We traveled smoothly, is stable, – said Nikolaev, continued to lead with confidence in the overall standings. But there’s some questions on working with the engine. At the height of our motors don’t want to go as low as our opponents. Managed to speak to van Genugten who rides Iveсo. He said that they have at altitude and in the lowlands of the same dynamics that, of course, enormous. We also will aspire to it”.
Mardeev, who finished ninth with a lag of 20 minutes from the winner, he added: “overall the day went well. Almost at the start we were overtaken by Sergey Vyazovich and long time riding alone. Then drove up to Edik and continue with him rode at a good pace. When to finish remained just 14 kilometers, blew the left rear wheel. Stopped, begin to change. As the tire exploded, the car immediately fell on the disc, it was very difficult to raise it. Lost a lot of time – about 18 minutes. Changed, went further and sort of finished, and the liaison exploded the second wheel, which we rode to the bivouac”.
Anton Shibalov finished the day in tenth place, while Dmitry Sotnikov because the replacement of the turbine lost two hours and became 19th.
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