The winner of the South American Dakar rally in the truck-category – pilot of KAMAZ-master Team Eduard Nikolaev and his teammate Dmitry Sotnikov came to the snow-covered Karelia. A responsible mission of KAMAZ members on the first stage of the World Cup was to assure safety of the race: gas-and-diesel KAMAZ of Sergey Kuprianov driven by Eduard Nikolaev “opened” the baja route “Russia-Northern Forest”, going with the track check before the start of the competing crews.
Interest of the baja participants in the race truck resulted in unusual project. At the invitation of the Head of the International marathon “Silk Way Rally” Vladimir Chagin, leading world pilots - holder of World Cup 2017, silver winner of Dakar-2018, a repeated world champion in rally and rally-raids Nasser Salih Al-Attiyah from Qatari, and holder of the World Cup, Russian champion in rally-raids, winner of African marathon 2017 Vladimir Vasilyev- took part in KAMAZ testing on snow-and-ice ground. Under responsive guidance of Eduard Nikolaev, eminent pilots passed several circles on the lake ice and were thrilled with the experience.
Nasser Salih Al-Attiyah was willing to try one more time at the wheel of heavy race vehicle and told about readiness to take part in the Silk Way Rally in July 2018, though, in regular for himself car category.