N°500 Truck KAMAZ - MASTER

DMITRY SOTNIKOV

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KAMAZ, VTB, Rostec, Tatneft, 1С, Red Bull, Palfinger, Total, Goodyear, Tirsan, Varta, ESAB, ATM, Stahlwille, Henkel, GMGen, WABCO, Webasto, Leoni, Omnicomm Autoclima, Cummins.

2021: 1st (5 stage wins)
2020: 4th (1 stage win)
2019: 2nd (2 stage wins)
2018: 10th (1 stage win)
2017: 2nd (1 stage win)
2016: 15th
2015: 5th
2014: 4th (1 stage win)

2021: Gold of Kagan (1st), Silk Way Rally (1st)
2020: Gold of Kagan (1st)
2019 Gold of Kagan (2nd), Kazakhstan Rally (1st)
2018 Silk Way Rally
2017 Silk Way Rally (1st)
2014: 3rd Velikaya Step
2013: 1st Silk Way Rally, 1st Africa Eco Race
2012: 5th Silk Way Rally

Interview

“The battle for the podium is not just on the tracks”

Through patience and perseverance, his time has come. Five Top five Dakar finishes, including two podium results (2nd in 2017 and 2019), Dmitry Sotnikov finally won the rally of his dreams. The thirty-six-year-old Sotnikov is a pure product of the Kamaz company. Born in Naberezhnye Chelny and raised in Tatarstan like most of his predecessors, young Dmitry has climbed the ladder one rung at a time. His maiden victory came on the Silk Way, and another on the Africa Eco Race earned him an entry for the Dakar in 2014. At first, in a support role for the illustrious Nikolaev and Karginov, he gained the experience needed to challenge for the win. His 2021 Dakar was a masterpiece, with five stage victories and two second places in the opening week of the rally. He could then see it coming, assisted by Shibalov, Mardeev and Karginov. Throughout the rally, he never finished worse than fourth on a stage. This first Dakar triumph was something of a game-changer. Sotnikov went on to win the Gold of Kagan and Silk Way Rally, the two benchmark rallies for Russian trucks. The Russian company has entrusted him with the new Kamaz K5, with which he will try to win the Dakar with his usual teammates Ruslan Akhadeev (navigator) and Ilgiz Akhmetzianov (mechanic).

D.S.: “I have no words to describe my victory, only emotions. At the time, I couldn't believe we had won. It had been seven years since we came close to winning this rally. I was so happy and proud of all the guys. I was also delighted to see the team in the top three places. It's a success that took a lot of hard work and sweat. This year we justified all the hard work the team had put in at the Silk Way by winning the race in the new Kamaz K5. This new generation of the truck has allowed us to make a huge leap forward. The key to our success is probably the time spent preparing the truck at home. The battle for the podium is not only won on the track but also while preparing for the rally and in the bivouac.”

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KAMAZ - MASTER

KAMAZ 43509
KAMAZ - MASTER

  • KAMAZ
  • 43509
  • Team KAMAZ Master
  • Team KAMAZ Master
  • Truck > 10,000 cc

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All news of D. Sotnikov

Reactions - 14/01 20:57 [GMT +3] - Truck

Sotnikov takes his second Dakar with another three Kamaz drivers in tow

Sotnikov takes his second Dakar with another three Kamaz drivers in tow

"It's amazing to be here and win for the second time. We worked hard on our new truck this year. I'm proud that we're still at the front in the Dakar and now we will prepare for next year. I'm really tired after these two weeks. I need to take a break for it to really sink in....

Reactions - 12/01 17:22 [GMT +3] - Truck

Dmitry Sotnikov: "We only gained a minute and a half"

The overall leader is fighting teammate Eduard Nikolaev for the title. Today, he won the stage and expanded his advantage by a slight margin. He now leads by 10'18".

 

"I followed Eduard for the first 150 kilometres, but then he made a small navigation mistake, I overtook him and this is how we ended up in first place. But, in the end,...

Reactions - 05/01 17:38 [GMT +3] - Truck

Dmitry Sotnikov: "A puncture cost me 6 or 7 minutes"

Although the stage win went to Eduard Nikolaev, the reigning champion still commands a lead of 6′10″ over his teammate in the general standings.

"I led from the front, but Karginov took advantage of a minor navigation error I made to overtake me halfway through the stage. A puncture cost me six or seven minutes… I then followed...

Reactions - 01/01 15:41 [GMT +3] - Truck

Dmitry Sotnikov: "We just needed to make it to the finish"

The title defender finished the special behind his teammate Eduard Nikolaev, who burst back onto the scene after a one-year hiatus. Only Kamaz managed to place trucks in the top 4.

"It was a short stage, not too fast, with sand tracks and dunes here and there. We remained cautious, we just needed to make it to the finish. However, I did experiment...

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