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Kazakhstan at Dakar 2013

Kazakhstan at Dakar 2013

Kazakhstan's Astana has four crews: 3 on offroaders and 1 on truck

The 2013 Dakar will be unlike any other. Peru, which hosts the start of the rally for the first time, brings its unique geography to bear: competitors will face the first strings of dunes on the second day of the race.

For its 5th edition on the American continent, the rally will resume its traditional north-south journey, which will run alongside the coastline of the Pacific this year. The rapid encounter with the Peruvian and the Atacama Deserts will transform the usual level of difficulty, but the stay in Argentina will immediately call upon all the drivers’ and teams’ resources.

To reach Santiago, they will ultimately have to face 3 highly intense stages in the middle of the Atacama Desert. The day before the finish, the outcome will remain undecided.

David Castera, Sports Director of the Dakar: “We are going to continue exploring Peru, which will allow us to see sand right at the start of the race and to recreate a different order for the rally’s difficulties. A highaltitude special stage, a rest day later on and very demanding sequences in the final stage will contribute to confounding general expectations. I think that the rally’s demanding start will single out the competitors even earlier than usual, but their position will remain uncertain until the very end.”

The team will have four crews:

Aidyn Rakhimbayev and Gabdulla Ashimov – M440 prototype – offroaders category - #410

Bauyrzhan Issabayev and Dmitri Yugay – M440 prototype – offroaders category - #409

Andrey Cherednikov and Albert Horn – Gforce prototype – offroaders category - #406

Arthur Ardavichus, Aleksey Nikizhev and Nurlan Turlubayev – KAMAZ – trucks category - #517

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