A Russian victory on the chaotic Dakar truck
Used to victories, the Kamaz-Master russian team, won the rally for the 14th time. At the start, 50 trucks started the rally in Asunción,Paraguay but only 45 vehicles crossed the finish line.
Take a look at a difficult race
During this 15-day race, the difficult weather made it even more complicated. Indeed, the 7th stage (between La Paz and Uyuni) was stopped because of wrong storms.
This year, the Iveco Petronas team ranked their pilots in 3rd and 4th place. Gerard De Rooy surprised everyone in 2016 when he won with 1h10 and 27 seconds in advance but was not able to do it this year.
Who is Eduard Nikolaev, winner of the 2017 Dakar rally ?
Eduard Nikolaev is a specialised truck rally pilot from Russia. He took part of the 2006 Dakar rally. The Russian pilot is part of the Kamaz team since he began his career. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was a mechanic for Ilgizar Mardeev and then for Vladimir Chagin. In 2011 he took part of the race as a pilot and finished in third place. The following year, he was disqualified during the 5th stage of the race because of a crash with a car. In 2013, he won the competition with Ayrat Mardeev and Andrey Karginov and won again this year.
Final rankings of the 2017 Dakar truck rally
NIKOLAEV EDUARD (RUS)/YAKOVLEV EVGENY (RUS)/RYBAKOV VLADIMIR (RUS)
SOTNIKOV DMITRY (RUS)/LEONOV IGOR (RUS)/AKHMADEEV RUSLAN (RUS)
DE ROOY GERARD (NLD)/TORRALLARDONA MOISES (ESP)/RODEWALD DAREK (POL)
IVECO POWERSTAR 4X4
VILLAGRA FEDERICO (ARG)/YACOPINI ADRIAN ARTURO (ARG)/TORLASCHI RICARDO ADRIAN (ARG)
IVECO POWERSTAR 4X4
MARDEEV AIRAT (RUS)/BELYAEV AYDAR (RUS)/SVISTUNOV DMITRIY (RUS)
VASILEVSKI ALEKSANDR (BLR)/VIKHRENKA DZMITRY (BLR)/ZAPAROSHCHANKA ANTON (BLR)
LOPRAIS ALES (CZE)/TOMÁNEK JAN (CZE)/STROSS JIRI (CZE)
SUGAWARA TERUHITO (JPN)/SUGIURA HIROYUKI (JPN)
HINO 500 SERIES
STACEY HANS (NLD)/VAN DER VAET JAN (BEL)/KUPPER HUGO (NLD)
MACIK MARTIN (CZE)/MRKVA MICHAL (CZE)/TOMASEK FRANTISEK (CZE)