|Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident.|
The Russian international athlete and more-time Kamaz Master Dakar-participant Ilgizar Mardeev, died in a tragically accident while riding a quad bike on Sunday. A farewell ceremony for Ilgizar Mardeev took place on Monday at team’s production shop, reported the magazine TATAR-INFORM.
Ilgizar Mardeev began his career in 1975 as a miller at General Designer’s Department experimental workshop. After his army time, in 1992 Mardeev was hired by Kamaz where he started as a blacksmith and finally became a motor testing engineer. Ilgizar states that he took interest in vehicle testing and racing in his childhood after watching a stuntman drive a car on TV.
First as a mechanic (with Kabirov), Ilgizar was given the opportunity to sit behind the steering wheel of a Kamaz on the Dakar. He managed his best performance on the rally in 2007 when visiting Africa for the last time, finishing just behind the winner Firdaus Kabirov.
With Chagin and Kabirov stopping their driving careers, Ilgizar Mardeev remains the veteran in the Kamaz team, although his role has slightly changed.
In 2013 he became a fast assistance driver for the team leaders, Eduard Nikolaev and his own son Ayrat - who followed his father's footsteps. He organised the entire race truck assembly and testing work and trained all team mechanics, as well as technical support crews.
The Kamaz Master team mourns the loss of their member. "It is impossible to believe that Ilgizar, full of life, aspirations and new plans, is no more with us. For all of us it is huge and irreplaceable loss. It is a premature death of the person of extraordinary charm, talent and diligence. Ilgizar devoted himself to his favorite work and had unchallenged authority, always differed in selfless courage, persistence, tireless aspiration to the new," the team reported.
"Fate already has challenged him. By miracle having survived after terrible accident in 2005, he only thanks to the huge will, a family and colleagues support didn't remain wheelchair-bound. Moreover, in a year Ilgizar Mardeev led his crew and all the team to silver award of the Dakar 2007."
"Ilgizar Mardeev's name is inseparably related with the Kamaz Master team’s history since its foundation. For all these years he showed himself as a true friend and reliable pilot. As a production director, Ilgizar managed large-scale work on preparation of cars for competitions, development and manufacture of special equipment. He has a great merit in all victories of the team."
"The Honoured Master of Sports, the repeated prize-winner of the Dakar was honored with the high government awards. It is impossible to find words of a consolation and conciliation with terrible injustice. We grieve deeply together with his family."
2014/08/26 | 03:06 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/KAMAZ