|Dakar 2010: Russian Kamaz-Master team leads in Dakar Rally.|
The Russian Kamaz-Master team is confidently in the lead in the Dakar Rally. Kabirov-headed team scored a second win during a stage, Erik Khairullin, press attache of the team, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday by telephone from Chile. Khairullin related, "The lifeless Atacama desert is now covered in a dense fog. Therefore, for safety considerations, organizers have transferred the starting time and shortened the special area by half. So, the ninth stage of the Rally, Copiano-La Serena, with an overall length of 547 km got a high-speed section of only 170 km long".
The current champion of the Dakar Rally, Firdaus Kabirov, in the second half of the special section of the route, overtook Vladimir Chagin's Kamaz and finished the first, clocking 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 20 seconds. Chagin was second (2 hours,37 min, and 1 sec), Frenchman Joseph Adua riding Iveco placed third (2 hours, 47 min), edging the third Kamaz team of Ilgizar Mardeyev out into the fourth place (2 hours, 50 min, 25 sec).
As a result of nine stages, Chagin, five-time winner of the Dakar Rally, is in the lead. Kabirov is second, one hour 11 min and 31 sec behind the leader. Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf) is third, 8 hours 21 min and 7 sec behind the leader, and Mardeyev is sixth, 13 hours behind the leader.
2010/01/12 | 13:00 CET | Editor: MR/HS/IT