On 12 February the Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Tatarstan visited KAMAZ plant and congratulated employees and veterans of the company with the 40th anniversary of the first KAMAZ vehicle production.
The task of the last SS Villa Carlos Paz - Rosario was to stay concentrated from start to finish. Not a single incident could prevent the participants from keeping their positions in the race and reach the finish line. All the sportsmen were extremely careful on the short and fast timed section of 180 km long. Making a huge loop on the South American continent, the Dakar Rally came back to Rosario.
Villa Carlos Paz, 15 January
San Juan, 14 January
“From start to finish it was a good special section, where good driving skills were essential. There was traditional for the area fesh-fesh and dangerous for wheels thorny bushes. Today we set a goal to keep the second position in the general classification, the gap between us and Villagra is not very big. We realize that on last two stages, which are more like fast classical rally routes, the Argentinian will drive fast. Also, Cordoba is a familiar place to him. Therefore, it is important to use the challenging and usual for us stage to increase the gap and preserve a status quo.
La Rioja,13 January
Start of the 10th stage of Dakar Rally was promising for Russian rally viewers. After yesterday’s stage the gap in the standings between .the Netherlander Gerard de Rooy and Eduard Nikolaev, following him, was 27 min. In order to make it more entertaining, start of today’s stage was organized the following way: the start was given to first 10 motor riders together, then – to the first ten car drivers and later to the first five best trucks.