The driver of the “KAMAZ-Master” Eduard Nikolaev, the third time won the prestigious rally-marathon “Dakar”, shared his impressions of the race, which has become one of the most difficult in all the ten years of its implementation in South America.
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“Many say that the “Dakar” returned to its roots, when held in Africa, the difficult, the marathon “Dakar”, when sections according to its length touched the dark. This year we also faced with this unexpectedly, but the organizers have prepared a surprise, one of the special sections generally took place late at night. And the other at twilight. I’m in such a difficult Dakar, I like him!” – said Nikolayev in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The crew Eduard Nikolaev became one of the few who are on the “Dakar-2018” has managed to gain a foothold in the leaders from the start and not to quit or lose a few hours in the future.
“A similar fate and we suffered, but we found a way not to go the distance and reach the finish line. That’s what we helped to get out of precarious situations. Because when I heard the crash of the front gear, I realized – this is the reason we were at the race “silk road”, and we then descended. Now I helped the mechanic, who at the time suggested that and how to do it. To even on a broken gear to get to the finish line, said Edward. And when on the penultimate, decisive stage is out the clutch… Yes, it worked, but barely – and the transfer had to hold for a few seconds so that it came exactly in the right gear. Because the clutch was almost burnt. Because of the difficulty of the course, which was hard for both people and cars.
The long road to the dunes. The results of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018”
Complete the “Dakar” – this is all. This and breakage, and navigation and the coherence of the team. Is a single mechanism that works for two weeks.
The guys are just great, they have this year had so many sleepless nights. And it is good that they coped with the task, of course, a big thank you to all of them. Because the guys did the maximum. We did everything we could on the track, and they – high night at the bivouac”.
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