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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)
2012: Exc. Stage 5
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)
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.”
KAMAZ - MASTER
The Russian driver won his fourth Dakar in Lima following on from his titles obtained in 2013, 2017 and 2018.
“It was a very difficult race. There were a lot of dunes, a lot of sand and very strong competitors, like my team-mates, Gerard de Rooy and Federico Villagra. Thank you for the race. I’m very happy. I’m happy with my crew, they worked perfectly....
Eduard Nikolaev has won his fourth Dakar (and his third in a row) behind the wheel of his Kamaz, 25 minutes ahead of his team-mate Dmitry Sotnikov. Ton Van Genugten has taken advantage of the last stage to win his second special on this year’s edition of the rally.
Eduard Nikolayev got back to his winning ways today, taking the overall lead back from his Kamaz teammate Dmitry Sotnikov in the process. Sotnikov finished 27 minutes behind the new leader.
Eduard Nikolayev is still in control of stage 9, which he now leads by 4'33" over Siarhei Viazovich and Gerard de Rooy at CP1. Dmitry Sotnikov is 13’09 back.
Eduard Nikolayev is determined to have the last word after his teammate Dmitry Sotnikov toppled him from the overall lead yesterday. The Kamaz driver got off to a scorching start, putting 1′45″ into Gerard de Rooy and ten minutes into Sotnikov after a hundred kilometres.
Eduard Nikolaev has finally managed to dig himself out of the sand and resume the special. The Russian reached WPS 55 minutes behind Gerard de Rooy, which could make things interesting in the general standings again!
Eduard Nikolaev has got stuck in the same dunes that caused problems for Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Bernhard Ten Brinke earlier on. The leader of the general standings has already lost 20 minutes, which could lead to an upheaval in hierarchy of the truck category!
Eduard Nikolaev completed the first part of the rally with another stage victory. As a result, the Kamaz driver strengthened his lead in the general standings, ahead of his team-mates Dimitry Sotnikov and Andrey Karginov.
“Today was a very difficult day: a lot of dunes, a lot of rocks... The temperature was very hot and we were at high altitude today all day. But...
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