KAMAZ-master won 3 first places in the Dakar-2021


The 12th and final stage of the Dakar 2021 rally marathon in Saudi Arabia was held on Friday, January 15, on the Yanbu-Jeddah route.

The best time on the twelfth stage was shown by Martin Macik (Czech Republic), who was 4 seconds ahead of Dmitry Sotnikov (Russia, KAMAZ-master) and one minute ahead of Anton Shibalov (Russia, KAMAZ-master).

The winner of the Dakar in the cargo category for the first time in his career became Dmitry Sotnikov. The second place in the race was taken by Anton Shibalov, the third by Ayrat Mardeev. Andrey Karginov finished the rally seventh.

The last time the KAMAZ-master team took the first three places at the “Dakar” back in 2015. The championship title is the 18th in history for the team!



Sergey Kogogin, Director General of KAMAZ, spoke about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the company’s activities, as well as about the problems associated with the supply of imported components.

Speaking about working with suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sergey Kogogin noted that KAMAZ responded in February 2020 by creating an appropriate headquarters to control supplies. «I can say that European suppliers affected us more than Chinese ones, because Europe went into lockdown hard – I don’t remember such a number of incomplete cars from the assembly line at all. Relatively speaking, no mirrors came from England. Installing a mirror is a five-minute task, but when you do it in a warehouse environment, pulling people away from the production process, it becomes troublesome. There were a lot of such trifles – Sergey Kogogin told. – Problems with suppliers have managed to solve only at the expense of friendly relations. ZF, for example, took the most severe quarantine, but still took out people to ensure our shipments. This is unusual for a German business, but many years of partnership and personal relations with the company’s management have allowed us to resolve the issue. Our shareholder Daimler has also made efforts to ensure timely deliveries».

The Head of KAMAZ also stressed that the shutdown of the service network could lead to a collapse, since it is necessary to carry products and support the vital functions of cities in any conditions. «In the United States, for example, quarantine was introduced immediately with an exception for manufacturers of commercial vehicles. Realizing that restrictive measures cannot be avoided, we discussed with the team the prospects of working on weekends, and only thanks to the understanding of employees, we kept the volume of production, worked above the business plan and slightly above the level of 2019» said Sergey Kogogin.

The impact on production processes is not yet fully understood, but a number of long-term steps have already been determined. «We will continue to face new challenges. The measures that we came to in 2020 will have to be fixed – in particular, the same infrared temperature sensors at the entrance gates. In Naberezhnye Chelny, for example, we increased the number of large buses for transporting staff to work by 48 units – this led to additional costs of hundreds of millions of rubles, but I consider this step more of a plus than a loss»– the company’s Director General said.



The “KAMAZ-master” team is ready to participate in the Dakar-2021 race, which starts in Saudi Arabia on January 3.

This year the KAMAZ-master team put up four KAMAZ-43509 sports trucks for the race. The crews of Andrey Karginov, Anton Shibalov, Airat Mardeev and Dmitry Sotnikov will represent Russia in the cargo classification of the international competition. At the same time, by the decision of the team’s management, the crew of Eduard Nikolaev will not participate in the race. The five-time Dakar winner will have no less important functions: he will be assisting the team leader Vladimir Chagin in solving all organizational and technical problems at the race. For the most part, this functionality was previously the responsibility of Sergei Savostin, who this time will coordinate the actions of his subordinates from the headquarters in Naberezhnye Chelny and at the same time focus on preparing new sports equipment for the next sports season.

Members of the KAMAZ-master team flew from Moscow to Jeddah on December 27. Upon arrival, all participants in the rally-marathon went through a 48-hour quarantine, after which they passed coronavirus tests – athletes are allowed to race only in case of negative results.

A total of 44 crews will compete in the cargo classification at the Dakar-2021. In 12 stages, the racing caravan will cover nearly 7,700 kilometers, and the combat distance will be almost 4,700 kilometers. The 43rd Dakar will start from the Red Sea coast from Jeddah on January 3. The rich variety of landscapes in Saudi Arabia offers an endless variety of track combinations that give the Dakar Rally its own flavor. As in 2020, the 2021 route will be a journey through previously unexplored places. Everything will be completely new, including every single kilometer of special stages. 

On January 9, the racers will rest for one day in Hail, then, after a huge loop through the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, the race caravan will return to the coast of the Red Sea. On January 14, the participants will have to go through the longest special stage in the rally, which will determine the positions for the decisive match among the remaining rivals. The race will finish on January 15 in Jeddah. For the victory, the crews of KAMAZ-master will have to compete with such participants in the cargo classification as IVECO, TATRA, MAZ, PRAGA, RENAULT and MAN.

KAMAZ-master crews participating in the Dakar-2021 race:

№500 Pilot Andrey Karginov – navigator Andrey Mokeev – mechanic Igor Leonov.

№501 Pilot Anton Shibalov – navigator Dmitry Nikitin – mechanic Ivan Tatarinov.

№507 Pilot Dmitry Sotnikov – navigator Ruslan Akhmadeev – mechanic Ilgiz Akhmetzyanov.

№509 Pilot Airat Mardeev – navigator Dmitry Svistunov – mechanic Akhmet Galyautdinov.