The pilot of crew No. 502 “KAMAZ-Master” at the “Dakar-2018” Dmitry Sotnikov has told, what difficulties had to face in the tenth stage of the South American rally-RAID.
“Today we tried to cover the crew of Eduard Nikolaev, as it is in the first position, and went for him, but somewhere 100 miles, got up to help, as he had broken two wheels – said Sotnikov, occupying ninth place in the overall standings of trucks. He said that he has a problem with front gear and he gets in the corners.
Followed him. Hard day. Smooth almost was not. The roads almost all day. Then at the end of the second segment saw the Airat [Mardeev], he was standing with wheels. The second part of our crew turned out not so fast”.
Anton Shibalov, coming 14th in the trucks, added: “We were driving in the dry river bed, when I felt the smell of diesel fuel.
But the place to stop it was so uncomfortable that it was possible to get caught up, so I stretched a little more, to stand on a hard place. Jumping out of the car, saw that the intakes flashed flames. KAMAZ was like a fire-breathing dragon. We immediately got the fire extinguisher and quickly extinguished the flames.
Passing by the crew of Sergei Vyazovich, they also gave us their fire extinguishers. Cause of ignition – a crack in the fuel pipe of the pump. Lucky that the wire is not strongly affected.
The second part of the stage on the motor still felt that the effects of fire some have. We kicked off and almost immediately finished. Understand that you will get fines, but more important for us to stay in the race. Now we understand the technical problems and restore your machine to the next start.”
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