Moscow/Hanover, January 31, 2017. Rally teams of KAMAZ-Master have won the Dakar Rally 2017 and the Africa Eco Race 2017, two of the world’s most challenging desert races, on Continental tires. Covering thousands of kilometers of dirt roads, rough mountain ridges and desert sand, the premium tires showed a continuously high performance and optimum durability throughout the different stages of the races. The two cross-border rallies marked the beginning of a product cooperation between German premium tire manufacturer Continental and the Russian KAMAZ-Master rally team. As part of the cooperation, the KAMAZ-Master race trucks as well as support trucks were fitted with Continental tires.
While Eduard Nikolaev and his crew finished the final stage of the Dakar Rally 2017 with a 19 minutes’ advantage, another KAMAZ-master team led by Dmitry Sotnikov took the second place. Winning driver Eduard Nikolaev gives credit to the German tire manufacturer: “We didn’t experience any tire problems during the race. It were the tires that led us to victory after the first week of the race. The second half of the Dakar was the turning point that virtually determined our teams’ first and second places in the general ranking in the truck category. Thanks to the great performance of the Continental tires, we didn’t lose time on tire change like our rivals did.”
The Africa Eco Race 2017 saw the victory of Andrey Karginov’s crew in the truck category, while Sergey Kuprianov’s team became fourth.
“We are glad that our tires helped KAMAZ-Master achieve the much-deserved victories. The results of their racing teams are impressive and we are proud to see that our tires withstood the extreme driving conditions. They proved their special features: resistance to damage and maximum off-road performance. We will now use the data which we obtained during the races to integrate these new insights into further tire development at Continental”, said Jaron Wiedmaier, General Director of Continental Tires Russia.
KAMAZ-Master rally team was founded in 1988 and is the truck manufacturer’s only team to successfully compete at international races for Russia. Since 1990 the KAMAZ-Master drivers take part in the transcontinental Dakar Rally. This year the team won this challenging race for the fourteenth time. It is also a three-time winner of the World Off-Road Rally Cup and four-time winner of the Silk Way Rally. KAMAZ-Master is a frequent winner of various national Russian races as well.