Shibalov, a precious asset for the Kamaz team
In the Kamaz squad, the secret to success is linked to their outstanding heritage. Edition after edition, new crew members appear on the Dakar after having spent years understanding the philosophy of the team and the specificities of the blue truck. Experience is gained by listening to the elders, by sitting at their sides on various races including the Dakar, by helping team mates to capture glory. In such a successful team, one learns from the youngest age and matures to one day become a key element and potential race winner. Like so many before him, Anton Shibalov was raised in Tatarstan, home of the famous manufacturer. He learned from the best, starting with the master himself, Vladimir Chagin. The Russian was given a first opportunity to compete on the Dakar as a driver back in 2014 and he certainly made the best of it, capturing a very promising 5th spot, helping Karginov to win that year. Despite his 19th place, he was again extremely precious in Kamaz’s quest to win again and played an essential role in helping Eduard Nikolaev re-conquer the Dakar crown from arch rival Gerard De Rooy in 2017. After a break from the Dakar, Shibalov returns having far more experience essentially gained on the Silk Way Rally that he finally conquered after finishing twice on the podium. Alongside Dmitrii Nikitin and Ivan Tatarinov (a newcomer on the Dakar), Shibalov will certainly be ready to take bigger responsibilities if requested.
KAMAZ - MASTER
- Mark : KAMAZ
- Model : 43509
- Performance tuner : Team KAMAZ Master
- Assistance : Team KAMAZ Master
- Class : T4.2 Modified trucks
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Stage win number 3 for Shibalov
Anton Shibalov has gained a third stage victory since the start of the rally, finishing one minute ahead of Dmitry Sotnikov and 1’30 in front of a third Kamaz driven by Eduard Nikolaev. Andrey Karginov finished 2’27 behind and retains a comfortable lead in the general standings.
Shibalov still leads
Anton Shibalov continues to lead the special in the truck race after 174 km. The Russian leads his countryman Dmitry Sotnikov by 1’05 and Eduard Nikolaev by 1’17. General standings leader Andrey Karginov trails by 2’46.
Shibalov is on form
For once, Andrey Karginov is not leading the special at the first time check, but it is his team-mate Anton Shibalov who has put in the best performance so far, in front of two other Kamaz trucks driven by Eduard Nikolaev and Dmitry Sotnikov.
Shibalov looking for another victory
Anton Shibalov is looking to pile up the stage victories. Yesterday’s winner leads the special after 152 km, 30 seconds ahead of Andrey Karginov. Dmitry Sotnikov lies in third to make it a Kamaz 1-2-3 for the moment.
Shibalov takes it!
After spending the entire stage just behind the leaders, Anton Shibalov pulled out all the stops at the last minute to claim his second stage win this year, while his teammate Andrey Karginov finished second and moved into the overall lead.
More of the same from Shibalov
The trucks have now got to grips with the day’s stage leading to Neom. Like yesterday, the initial leader of the general standings Anton Shibalov has made a good start with a lead of almost one minute over Siarhei Viazovich after 50 km of the special.
Shibalov wraps it up
Back at the wheel of his Kamaz after sitting out the 2019 edition, Anton Shibalov drove with gusto today to teach everyone a lesson in the opening stage. The Russian beat Siarhei Viazovich and Janus van Kasteren, with reigning champion Eduard Nikolaev over 11 minutes adrift.
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