|Silk Way Rally: Russian Kamaz of Anton Shibalov leads among the trucks.|
In some ways the result of day one in the truck category of the 2013 "Silk Way Rally" was a surprise. But then it really wasn’t because best time was set by the winning team in the Africa Race, led by driver, Anton Shibalov (KAMAZ-Master).
Shibalov was perhaps the most surprised by the result. "We ran at our own pace after being passed by a Tatra. There wasn’t any overtaking among the Kamaz trucks. On the afternoon sector the Karguinov team stopped, but we they didn’t need any help from us. It was a serious day’s racing."
Ayrat Mardeev finished second, dropping a little over two-minutes to his countryman. "Today was a proper race. There was no time to get in the groove. The first 200kms was like a WRC round with a hard surface an many corners and a lot of off-road portions. In the afternoon there was a mix of san an grass."
"We lost some off our momentum on the final 175kms. We were forced to make a lot of passes, which cost us time. I was the first truck in the stage and I tried to follow the tracks made by the cars but then I preferred to make my own tracks. The sand wasn’t much fo the trucks but it was soft."
Silk Way Rally 2013 Trucks Results - SS01 Sunday Top5
01) Shibalov/Amatych/Khisamie (RUS) I Kamaz I 04:29:58
02) Mardeev/Belyaev/Anton (RUS I Kamaz I +2:05
03) Loprais/Bruynkens/Pustejovsky (CZ) I Tatra I +8:06
04) Nikolaev/Yakovlev/Rybakov (RUS) I Kamaz I +10:22
05) Valtr/Kalina/First (CZ) I Liaz I +14:38
2013/07/08 | 13:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/SWR