“It'll take some time to get used to the Tatra”
As a newcomer on the Dakar in 2011, Kazakhstan's Artur Ardavichus impressed, finishing in 8th place on the podium in Buenos Aires. Quite a performance for an unknown team that was able to prove their professionalism and courage to the world of off road rallying. But that was just the first chapter of Artur's fantastic story. In an improved Kamaz, the smiling Kazak driver powered to an amazing third spot overall in Lima and a first ever stage success on the way to Arica. His triumphant path to glory however came to a halt last year when he was forced to quit during stage 7. For his fourth Dakar, Ardavichus returns in a new team and in a new truck. Behind the steering wheel of a Tatra T163 prepared by the Bonver Dakar Project team and with his usual navigator Alexey Nikizhev, the 42-year-old hopes to battle for top positions again.
A. A.: "I mostly have positive memories of the past Dakar races. For sure it's a hard race, and we have to accept all the possible consequences that the race has to offer. The greatest moments for me were of course my top 10 finish during my first Dakar race and the 2012 podium. For this Dakar, I will participate in a Tatra. The truck is absolutely new. The concept of the Tatra truck remains unchanged, as always it has an independent suspension. Tatra's chassis construction is quite unusual, it is not linear, so it takes some getting used to before one can feel the vehicle and develop a fitting driving style. The engine is very powerful, even more powerful than the one we had before."