The driver of “MAZ-sportavto” Sergei Vyazovich commented on the second place crew No. 512 in the final General classification of “Dakar-2018” in the category of trucks.
“KAMAZ-Master” in 15-th time won the rally-marathon “Dakar”, “MAZ” on the podium
“Until the last kilometers of the final special stage we were very worried that everything went smoothly and nothing happened – said Vyazovich. – Know when the last kilometers of the race go cars, so while the finish line is not crossed and did not think to think about anything else. Tension filled.
We are extremely happy! It’s the toughest “Dakar” of those that I remember. Particularly impressive is that it is the anniversary, and the participants are very serious – for more than ten strongest teams of the world only fought for the podium.
But not to join in the struggle, even to get to the finish line not all the crews managed, so that in this battle we stood and stand on the second step of the podium!
We had failures, we had rolled over, fell into the marshes, lost the third position, again for it… In Bolivia it was hard, scared that we will lose a lot of time, especially when sat in the salt marsh.
In emotional terms this “Dakar” was off the charts. We drove by a large margin, focusing on opponents, and “fell” as desirable, we allowed ourselves only on the final 20 kilometers of the special stage “Super Fiambala”.
We withstood the onslaught from rivals, do not succumb to the pressure from both Iveco and KAMAZ, and reached the finish line. Congratulations to the whole team: you guys – well done! And I thank everyone who believed in us, believe and continue to support!”
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