Russian team “KAMAZ-Master” will spend the remaining three stages of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” with three cars. The crew #515, which was represented by Anton Shibalov will not be able to continue the race.
On the tenth stage truck silver medal winner of “silk road-2017” caught fire. The fire was extinguished, the crew got to the finish and arrived at the start on Wednesday, but his time was not taken into account by the organizers.
“The reason became clear in the late evening, – the press service of “KAMAZ-Master”. – The judges took the decision to withdraw from the race Shibalov. We will remind, after a fire on the first stage on Tuesday, the crew was able to eliminate the effects of ignition on their own and to go to the start of yesterday’s second stage. Next, the crew, realizing that the fire still had an impact for the truck, decided to finish, taking all the control points. The usual judicial practice in such cases is a penalization of the awarding of the penalty time. Therefore, the removal of crew from the race, and crew are not competing for the podium, is, according to experts, is overly restrictive and controversial decision which will weaken the Russian team. Quick Technicals by the decision of the team leader Vladimir Chagin assigned to the crew of Dmitry Sotnikov”.
The last gathering of the “KAMAZ-Master” at the “Dakar” was in 2012, when Eduard Nikolaev was disqualified because of a collision with the SUV. Then the solution was also rather strange: the crew stopped and helped the participants of the incident. But the judges felt that this was not enough, and besides “KAMAZ-Master” cheated, replacing the wheel that would have prohibited assistance on the track.
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