In August, 2014 PALFINGER AG and OJSC KAMAZ established two joint venture companies in Russia. KAMAZ is Russia’s largest truck producer ranking 11th among the world’s top heavy truck manufacturers.
We are acting as one of this year’s sponsors of the KAMAZ-master team, which attends the 2019 Dakar Rally. The team won the transcontinental super marathon “Dakar” fifteen-times, marked by the highest category of complexity. The KAMAZ-master Team was founded in 1988. In 2018 the team celebrates its 30th anniversary. It is the only factory team in Russia, which is successfully presenting its country in a world motorsport.
This year’s KAMAZ-master Team crews on the 2019 Dakar Rally:
- No 500 Pilot Eduard Nikolaev; Co-Pilot Evgeny Yakovlev; mechanic Vladimir Rybakov
–> 1st place
- No 502 Pilot Airat Mardeev; Co-Pilot Dmitry Svistunov; mechanic Akhmet Galyautdinov
–> could not continue the race due to technical problems
- No 514 Pilot Dmitry Sotnikov; Co-Pilot Dmitry Nikitin; mechanic Ilnur Mustafin
–> 2nd place
- No 526 Pilot Andrey Karginov; Co-Pilot Andrey Mokeev; mechanic Igor Leonov
About the Dakar
The Dakar is the biggest adventure in rally sport. Under the motto “Two Weeks of Sand” Peru will be the host country of the 2019 race. Consisting of 10 stages of competition, this extreme challenge for man and machine is an incomparable human adventure.
For 40 years, the Dakar has brought together the leading rally raid riders and drivers, as well as amateur competitors. They come to fulfill their dream, experience an adventure and meet the biggest challenge of their life on a bike, on a quad, in a car or in a truck.
You can find the current rankings here: https://www.dakar.com/en/rankings
PALFINGER wishes the teams great success and we look forward to an exciting and emotional race!