2017: 1st (4 stage wins)
2016: 7th (3 stage wins)
2015: 2nd (6 stage wins)
2014: 3rd (1 stage win)
2012: Exc. Stage 5
2010: 1st (mechanic Chagin)
2009: 2nd (mechanic Chagin)
2007: 2nd (mechanic Mardeev)
2006: 18th (mechanic Reshetnikov)
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)
Although dotted with resounding triumphs, Eduard Nikolaev's career on the Dakar has been rather chaotic. He was the designated successor to the legend Vladimir Chagin when he won in 2013, but then gave up his title to his team mates. First it was Andrey Karginov, and then it was Ayrat Mardeev as he struggled to win again. After teaming with the stars of the Kamaz team as a mechanic (2nd in 2007 with Mardeev, 1st in 2010 with Chagin), the native of Naberezhnye Chelny finished a very promising 3rd, while his older team mates were still competing. Excluded from the rally in 2012 on stage five after running into a car, he reacted with the maturity of a veteran to get the better of Gerard De Rooy and return Kamaz to the top step of the Dakar podium. His tears of joy at the finish in Santiago bore witness to the difficulty of having to carry the hopes of an entire nature on his shoulders. And the emotion was almost just as great last year at the finish line of the final special stage at Rio Cuarto where the won his third consecutive stage and won the Dakar for the second time. In 2018, he will once again battle for victory alongside his team mates Evgeny Yakovlev and Vladimir Rybakov with the secret hope of nearing the seven successes of the Tsar Chagin.
E.N. “Of course the fourth edition is very important to me and my team and I hope it will be full of dunes and sand. We have already been to Peru, so we know the conditions very well. We will pay attention to our truck and will be ready right from the start. It looks like it will be an intense battle right from the beginning of the rally. There will not be a period of observation.”
KAMAZ - MASTER
Eduard Nikolaev has finished an excellent penultimate special for him with his third stage victory on the Dakar. He has also taken advantage of Federico Villagra exiting the rally to extend his lead in the general standings from one second to several hours! All the Russian now needs to do is to reach the finish in Córdoba to win his third...
Eduard Nikolayev has finished the special 42'15" behind the winner. Most importantly, the Kamaz driver lost over 40 minutes to Federico Villagra, the new leader of the Dakar by 16 minutes.
Eduard Nikolayev recovered from a miscalculation at the beginning of the stage that left his truck on its side to claim his second consecutive win. The Russian has been in a league of his own since the start in Lima and beat Siarhei Viazovich by 6'23" in Arequipa. Most importantly, he has now padded his margin over Federico Villagra in the...
Drama in the truck category. Overall leader Eduard Nikolayev, who this morning had a 36-minute margin over the second-placed driver and 2 h 22' over the third, made a mistake on a dune. His Kamaz is on its side and it could take him hours before he manages to put it back upright!
The 2017 champion landed a critical blow and won in style in Pisco. Eduard Nikolaev beat Federico Villagra by over three minutes and Aleš Loprais by six. The rest of the field was so far behind that the Russian is already padding his overall lead.
The 2017 champion is on the rise. Eduard Nikolaev (Kamaz) is tackling the second special with gusto and holds the provisional best time at CP1, 40 seconds ahead of yesterday's winner Aleš Loprais. Martin Kolomý is currently sitting in third place.
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