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Goodyear-shod trucks top Dakar 2021

On January 3, the 43rd Dakar started in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The so-called motorsport marathon covers over 7,500 km and will end on January 15th. The infamous competition is also known as one of the toughest rallies in the world.

This year, the Goodyear-shod Kamaz-master team is once more performing very strong, claiming six out of seven stage victories and two to three podium places so far.

Vladimir Chagin, team manager of Kamaz-master said: “The setting of the Dakar 2021 is even tougher than the previous one. Never seen such close racing especially on the 4th stage.

“Every stage is representing new challenges including high sandy dunes, easy to get trapped and rocky canyons or dry riverbeds, drivers, trucks and tyres are tested to the maximum every day.

“Once more the standard Goodyear Offroad ORD tyres showcase their extraordinary performance in terms of grip and durability. Our crews can focus entirely on the race without having to worry about the tyres, no matter how harsh the racing conditions, they keep moving forward.”

Maciej Szymanski, marketing director for Goodyear Commercial Europe added: “With their 1,150bhp and 9.5 tonnes the Kamaz-master trucks are one of the most incredible vehicles at the Dakar.

“During the hi-speed sections they can reach speeds up to 140km an hour. The sections demanding a more careful ride can challenge the crews with sharp stones hidden under the sand and an important part of the rally is on rocky surfaces.

“Comparable to the daily operations of our customers, Goodyear products are supporting the team in getting as quick as possible from A to B or from start to finish, without any surprise.”

For Goodyear, these extreme usage conditions are a unique opportunity to test the robustness and performance of its standard products and advanced carcass technology used for the development of off road and on road ranges.

Kamaz trucks entirely develops, designs and assembles the racing trucks and selected Goodyear as its trusted tyre partner. Since its first participation in the Dakar Rally back in 1990, the team obtained their 17th victory in 2020.