2014 Dakar

Toughest test in trucking

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The toughest Dakar held in South America, with just 204 vehicles (50 trucks, 78 motorcycles, 15 quads, 61 cars, or 47% of those that started) making it to the finish, which journeyed north through Argentina before crossing the Andes mountains and heading south along Chile’s coast.

The clash of titans between Iveco and Kamaz will have been a close one until the very end. Although the Russian team seized the overall lead from the get-go with Ayrat Mardeev and was still in the pole position with Andrey Karginov twelve stages later as the race came Valparaíso, the outcome of the 36th Dakar was full of suspense, reminiscent of some of the memorable battles seen in the motorcycle and quad categories over the last few years.

Kamaz's Andrey Karginov seemed set to take a win earned on the Chilean sands, but one obstacle blocked his way in the last special. Car no. 319 swerved and ended up stuck on the track of the last timed sector, just in front of the Russian, who lost 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, his closest pursuer and winner of the previous stage Gerard de Rooy used his starting order to slip ahead. All in all, Karginov lost 9′34″ to the Dutchman, driving an awfully quick Iveco.

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