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DAKAR 2020: TRUCK HIGHLIGHTS

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Dakar 2020 truck highlights – Relive the Truck action from this year’s event, which was won by Kamaz’s Andrey Karginov.

He is once again the boss of the Dakar. After a two-year absence and an unfortunate experience on the last edition in South America where he was disqualified following an incident with a spectator, Andrey Karginov returned to his winning ways.

His second victory was accomplished with style. Behind the wheel of his Kamaz, the Russian took command of the rally on stage four and never looked back as he went to take seven stage wins from a possible 12.

The achievements of the 44-year-old Russian speak for themselves: Dakar champion in 2014 and 2020, third place twice (in 2013 and 2015) and 18 stage wins. This is his 9th Dakar with his habitual team-mates: Andrey Mokeev and Igor Leonov. While Eduard Nikolaev has hung up his helmet to take on a new role in the team Karginov will be the new leader of the blue armada.

A.K.: I was very happy about our victory last year. We had to battle for two weeks on a particularly difficult rally. It is important to confirm our status as the number one truck on the Dakar and demonstrate the domination of our Russian vehicles in this new rally-raid region.

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The changes make us move forward and this was y the case last year when the organisers complicated navigation by giving us the road book just prior to the start of some stages. This year, it goes even further with in addition a course layout that will undoubtedly be more difficult.

In this edition we will have an electronic road book. We have been looking forward to this change. But we have excellent navigators, a great deal of experience and I am convinced that we will be up to the job”.

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