N°500 Truck KAMAZ - MASTER

EDUARD NIKOLAEV

(rus)

Hobbies

karting

Sponsors

KAMAZ, VTB, Rostec, Tatneft, RedBull, Total, RussianHelicopters, 1C, Palfinger, ESAB

2019: 1st (3 stage wins)
2018: 1st (3 stage wins)
2017: 1st (4 stage wins)
2016: 7th (3 stage wins)
2015: 2nd (6 stage wins)
2014: 3rd (1 stage win)
2013: 1st
2012: Exc. Stage 5
2011: 3rd
2010: 1st (mechanic Chagin)
2009: 2nd (mechanic Chagin)
2007: 2nd (mechanic Mardeev)
2006: 18th (mechanic Reshetnikov)

2019: Baja Rostov (2nd), Kazakhstan Rally, Gold of Kagan (1st)
2018: Silk Way Rally (5th)
2017: Silk Way Rally (11th)
2016: Silk Way Rally (4th)
2014: Zoloto Kagana (2nd)
2013: Silk Way Rally (18th)
2012 : Silk Way Rally (6th)
2012 Champion de Russie Tout-terrain
2010: 1st Silk Way Rally (driver)
2009: 4th Silk Way Rally (driver)
2007: 1er au général Challenge Astana-Route de la Soie (mécanicien Chagin)

Interview

“Ready for the most difficult course”

While Eduard Nikolaev’s Dakar career got off to a chaotic start, he has confirmed year after year that he is the worthy successor to the legend Vladimir Chagin. Following his maiden victory in 2013, Nikolaev then ceded to team mates Andrey Karginov and Ayrat Mardeev. Trained alongside the team leaders as a mechanic (2nd in 2007 with Mardeev, 1st in 2010 with Chagin), the Naberezhnye Chelny native made his debut as a driver and finished a promising 3rd while his more experienced team mates were in contention. Having learned from his disappointments, including disqualification in 2012 after running into a car, Nikolaev has stamped his authority in the truck category with three straight victories. This season, after having the honour to meet President Putin who travelled to Kazan to congratulate the Kamaz team, Nikolaev passed on the Silk Way Rally to concentrate uniquely on the Russian Championship and preparation for the Dakar where he will be joined by his long-time team mates Evgeny Yakovlev and Vladimir Rybakov. Despite the unknown (Saudi Arabia), he is still the odds-on favourite for the win. At the age of 35 and after four Dakar triumphs (as well as another as a navigator), he is now just three victories shy of Chagin’s record.

E.N. :The 2019 Dakar was a very hard rally with a lot of dunes, a lot of sand and we had some stiff competition from Gerard De Rooy and Federico Villagra. I would like to thank them because we had a great race. We had a few small problems, especially one episode where we were stuck on a dune for quite a while, but in the end, it wasn’t too long and our trucks are robust and fast. The Dakar now begins a new chapter. We are all excited to find out what awaits us. It is a real unknown. The terrain seems to similar to what we have experienced in Africa. The dunes are not as immense as in Peru and there are a lot of rocky tracks like what you find in Morocco. The tyres will be a real facture, a good stock o them will be needed. And we will have to moderate our pace and find the proper speed. We don’t know what to expect but we are ready for the most difficult race.”

Vehicle

KAMAZ - MASTER

  • Mark : KAMAZ
  • Model : 43509
  • Performance tuner : Team KAMAZ Master
  • Assistance : Team KAMAZ Master
  • Class : T4.2 Modified trucks

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 10 10 10
2 5 5 6
3 9 9 5
4 11 11 6
5 34 34 29
6 34 34 -
7 4 4 -
8 5 5 -
9 3 3 -
10 3 3 -
11 4 4 -
12 3 3 -

All news of E. Nikolaev

Newsflashes - 10/01 11:31 [GMT +3] - Camion

Nikolaev exits the race

The title holder has exited the truck race! After a terrible stage five which he finished this morning at 6:30 am following major technical problems with his Kamaz, Eduard Nikolaev immediately started today’s stage. However, a new mechanical problem after only 33 km of the special has got the better of the Russian crew’s determination and they have thrown in the towel.

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Newsflashes - 09/01 12:54 [GMT +3] - Camion

Nikolaev in trouble again

This is truly a tough Dakar for Eduard Nikolaev. Trailing his team-mate Andrey Karginov by 1 hour and 11 minutes in the general standings, the title holder has come to a halt after 163 km of the special following a mechanical problem and is faced with 2 to 3 hours of repairs!

Reactions - 03/01 09:32 [GMT +3]

“Our plan is to win the Dakar”

He is not afraid of the unknown. Faced with the challenge of discovering Saudi Arabia, Eduard Nikolaev is in confident mood as the start approaches. Teaming up with his loyal lieutenants Eugeni Iakovlev and Vladimir Rybakov, the Kamaz driver is ready to live up to his status of favourite, as today he follows in the footsteps of the great Vladimir Chagin.  

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