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N°500 Truck KAMAZ - MASTER

EDUARD NIKOLAEV

(rus) Born on 21/08/1984 at NABEREZHNYE CHELNY

Sponsors

KAMAZ, RedBull, VTB, Liebherr, Total, Mercedes Benz, Loctite, ZF Sachs, Wabco

http://www.kamazmaster.ru

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)

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

“A great thrill to win edition 40”

If the path of Eduard Nikolaev on the Dakar has been a bit chaotic, he confirms year after year that he is the worthy successor of the great Vladimir Chagin. After his first win in 2013, Nikolaev then ceded his place as the laureate to his team mates, Andrey Karginov, and Ayrat Mardeev. Trained alongside the legend as a mechanic (2nd in 2007 in the truck driven by Mardeev, 1st in 2010 with Chagin) the native of Naberezhnye Chelny finished a very promising 3rd place in his first go behind the wheel while his elders were still very competitive. Having experienced setbacks, including an exclusion from the rally in 2012 after hitting a car, Nikolaev showed he is very much the boss by stamping his authority on the last two editions. This season, the “junior tsar” has been concentrating on the preparation of his Kamaz for the Dakar, finished 5th on the Silk Way Rally. He has also done some racing in a Can-Am SSV. In 2019, he will once again battle his team mates Evgeny Yakovlev and Vladimir Rybakov with the hope of getting closer to the 7 victories of the Tsar Chagin. After all, at the age of 34, he is only four victories behind the master.

E.N.: “The last edition of the Dakar wasn’t easy at all. There were even times when we thought t it was all over for us. Happily, the crew remained solid and our truck held on. Personally, it was a great thrill to win the 40th edition of the Dakar as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Kamaz Master team.”

Vehicle

KAMAZ - MASTER

  • Mark : KAMAZ
  • Model : 4326
  • Performance tuner : TEAM KAMAZ Master
  • Assistance : TEAM KAMAZ Master
  • Class : C_T4.2 : T4.2 - Camions Modifiés

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