KAMAZ, VTB, Rostec, Tatneft, RedBull, Total, RussianHelicopters, 1C, Palfinger, ESAB
2019: 2nd (2 stage win)
2018: 10th (1 stage win)
2017: 2nd (1 stage win)
2014: 4th (1 stage win)
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
Sotnikov, a precious asset for Kamaz
One of the secrets to the success of the Kamaz squad is their team spirit. The drivers of the blue trucks endlessly insist on the fact that the most important is to see a Kamaz vehicle on the top of the Dakar podium. Other than having a fantastic machine, that’s how the Russian factory team has conquered so many crowns on the Dakar. Alongside Karginov and Nikolaev, Dmitry Sotnikov will again be another key asset of the squad. The 33-year-old was born and raised in Naberezhnye Chelny in the typical Kamaz tradition, like so many other Kamaz team members. Winner of the Silk Way and the Africa Eco Race in 2013, he was finally given a chance to shine on the Dakar in 2014. His first experience was indeed a fine one as he crossed the finish line in an excellent 4th spot, having claimed his first ever stage success on day 5. Since then, he has carried on his consistent run, reaching second spot both in 2017 and last year. For this new edition in Saudi Arabia, Sotnikov will be onboard one of the four Kamaz 43509 trucks and will count on the precious help of navigator Ruslan Akhadeev with whom he competed back in 2018 and newcomer in the cabin, mechanic Ilgiz Akhmetzianov.
D.S.: “This Dakar season we are switching to an automatic gearbox, if last year two trucks were equipped with an automatic transmission, this year all trucks are already equipped with it. We see serious advantages, moreover automatic gearboxes are gaining popularity among all contestants of the race. We also try to always develop, improve this topic and seek new modes.”
KAMAZ - MASTER
- Mark : KAMAZ
- Model : 43509
- Performance tuner : Team KAMAZ Master
- Assistance : Team KAMAZ Master
- Class : T4.2 Modified trucks
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Sotnikov gains a minute
Dmitry Sotnikov is pulling out all the stops to leave his rivals behind. However, the Kamaz trucker was only 1'05" faster than Anton Shibalov at km 162, with Andrey Karginov a further 28 seconds back.
Sotnikov off to a flying start
Dmitry Sotnikov has lit up the fireworks from the start of the truck stage and now leads teammate Anton Shibalov ―who duelled him for the stage win yesterday― by 8 seconds at km 58. Meanwhile, Andrey Karginov is proceeding with caution at 1'19" back.
Dmitriy Sotnikov: “Now, we will prepare for the marathon stage”
The Kamaz driver is in 5th place almost 3 hours behind Karginov, but is still playing an important role in the team’s overall strategy.
“As you can see, we finished together. It was like this the whole day, we drove together with Anton Shibalov. He had a puncture at the beginning of the stage and we helped him. Some cars blocked up the...
Dmitry Sotnikov: “We continue to be fighting for the top positions”
Dmitry Sotnikov was fourth on the day’s stage and again had to provide help to his team-mates today. This time, it was Anton Shibalov we benefitted from his assistance.
“It was fast again but rather long and difficult with a lot of dunes. We helped our team-mate Anton Shibalov after he got stuck, because we were just behind him so we helped him. All the...
A new duel between Karginov and Sotnikov
Andrey Karginov and Dmitry Sotnikov are set for another titanic duel. After finishing the special yesterday only 3 seconds apart after 546 km of racing, the two Kamaz drivers have completed 158 km only 8 seconds apart. Anton Shibalov is 55 seconds behind.
Dmitry Sotnikov finished right behind Karginov's Kamaz to claim second place in the stage and fulfil the objectives of his team.
"It was a long day, sometimes a bit boring because we spent the whole day driving at the speed limit. Our goal was to stay on the limit at all times. We overtook some rivals, including Viazovich, at full speed. We zeroed in on our teammates and...
“It was a very difficult day”
The winner of the Dakar in 2014 completed a 1-2-3 for Kamaz in the truck category.
“Today it was a very difficult day for our team, for our crew, because on the first part we pierced the rear wheel all through the day we had punctures. It was very dangerous, a very difficult day”.
Dmitry Sotnikov has picked up his first stage victory on the Dakar 2020 in Ha’il by three minutes in front of his team-mates Anton Shibalov and Andrey Karginov. With a fourth placed finish 16 minutes behind the stage winner, Siarhei Viazovich drops down to third place in the general standings.
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