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Kazakhstan racers pass administrative and technical checks for Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge-2013

05 april 2013, 19:34
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Kazakhstan racers have successfully passed the administrative and technical checks at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge-2013 that will be held in the UAE from April 7 to 11.

Kazakhstan is represented by 6 crews: 5 offroaders and 1 quad. All six crews arrived in Abu Dhabi on April 4 and passed the administrative check right away. Having passed all the procedures, including the driver’s licenses check, the racers received their GPS units and race numbers.

The 6 crews of Kazakhstan are representatives of different teams. They don't view each other as competitors, though, they say.

Pilot Zhanat Zhalimbetov and navigator Marat Abykayev -- #244 -- represent Off Road Kazakhstan on T2 Nissan Patrol.

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Pilot Denis Berezovskiy and navigator Aleksey Nikizhev -- #224 -- represent Off Road Kazakhstan on T2 Nissan Patrol Y61.

Aleksander Linnik -- #146 -- represent Off Road Kazakhstan on Yamaha Raptor 700 quad.

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Pilot Kanat Shagirov and navigator Aleksander Moroz (Winners of Africa Eco Race-2013 in T2 class) -- #232 -- represent Mobilex Rally Team on T1 Toyota Hilux Mebar M440.

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Pilot Aidyn Rakhimbayev and navigator Gabidalla Ashimov -- #243 -- represent AstanaRacing on T1 Toyota Hilux Mebar M440.

Pilot Baurzhan Issabayev and navigator Stanislav Podolyanyuk --#240 -- represent AstanaRacing on T2 Nissan Patrol .



Zhanat Zhalimbetov and Marat Abykayev (#244) of Off Road Kazakhstan told about their Nissan Patrol:

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Zhalimbetov says that Nissan Patrol has been chosen purposefully. According to the pilot, this Japanese full-size car is considered the most reliable offroader. The racer recalled that he several times witnessed electronic equipment fail in other cars, in particular in Toyota, at similar races. Their car is unlikely to fail in difficult conditions, he says.

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The car that Zhalimbetov and Abykayev will drive is almost new. It was manufactured in August 2012. It has a standard 245HP 4,800 cubic cm engine and a sport battery. The whole vehicle, including the windscreen, is equipped with safety frames. The car weighs 2.5 tons without fuel. Besides, the offroader has a built-in AC and a fridge. The racers take 2 liters of water per each person.

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Unveiling a little secret, the Kazakhstan racers said that the car has a fuel cooling system. Besides, the sportsmen pay a lot of attention to fire-protection system: it will cover the car with foam in case of fire. The vehicle is equipped with wire rope sets both from driver’s and navigator’s sides, two spare wheels and a space for the third one as there should be three spare wheels in line with Dakar rules. This offroader will probably be the one to take part in the Dakar race later this year.

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Several Kazakhstan crews have already passed the technical control for the race today, on April 5.

The offroader of Zhanat Zhalimbetov and Marat Abykayev from Off Road Kazakhstan were the first to pass the check. The commission thoroughly checked the clothing, binds on the helms and gloves. The experts even checked the racers’ socks as they had to be in order, too. Everything, including the fire-extinguisher, was checked for expiry dates.

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Special attention is given to safety at such races. The commission has set forth the main rule: in case a car catches fire the racers should save themselves and leave the car. Every team has to have a knife to cut loose the safety belt and break the window.

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After the check the wheels of #244 Kazakhstan offroader were sealed. The seal is a sign that the car has successfully passed the check. The car is now parked in a special box until tomorrow.

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Denis Berezovskiy-Aleksei Nikizhev, Kanat Shagirov-Aleksander Moroz crews and Aleksander Linnik will undergothe technical check later today.

Linnik has performed his first training on the quad today and found out that his gloves didn't suit him for the race. Aleksander’s technical support team solves the problem immediately and gave him a different set of gloves. Linnik’s mechanic recommended Kazakhstan racer to drive slower to ensure a more stable progress through the race. Aleksander promised to listen to this advice.

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Aleksander Linnik. Photo by Tengrinews.kz©

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Photo by Tengrinews.kz©

The qualification round of the race will take place tomorrow to define the starting positions for the first special section.


Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge-2013 is the second stage of the FIA World Cup and the first stage of the FIM World Cup. The participants will have to drive a total of 3 thousand kilometers on sand and small rocks.

During the Challenge, competitors face two days of documentation and scrutinizing (on Friday and Saturday), before a Super Special Stage (on a Sunday) which decides the starting order. Competitors then brave the Liwa Desert and the Moreeb area of the Empty Quarter for five days.

The 23rd edition of the event has attracted a powerful assembly of 110 drivers and riders from 37 countries for another classic test of endurance for competitors and rally machinery across some of the most spectacular and demanding desert terrain on earth.

At 3pm on Saturday, beginning with the bikes, competitors will leave the official start ramp on Yas Island in reverse order, based on the official seedings, and head straight into the super special spectator stage.

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The next morning sees the first of five competitive desert sections, the Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management Stage, getting under way at 9am. This takes the rally on a 299 km sweep through the desert, finishing near the bivouac, which will be the event’s base for four days and is located 2km from the Qasr Al Sarab Resort.

The next four days brings stages of 250km, 284km, 266km and finally 296km, with the survivors reaching the finish at Yas Island at 4pm on Thursday 11 April.

Topping the seedings in the cars category and looking to join a Desert Challenge winners’ list which includes some of the most illustrious names in cross country rallying is Brazilian driver Reinaldo Varela who is partnered by Italian co-driver Gustave Gugelmin in a Mitsubishi Pajero.

Also in the hunt for victory are the two drivers who followed him home in round one of the World Cup series in Italy last month, Polish driver Krystof Holowczyk in a Mini, and the irrepressible 64-year-old veteran Jean-Louis Schlesser from France, who is chasing a seventh Desert Challenge success in his Sonangol buggy.

Spanish driver Nani Roma, team-mate of Holowczyk, is another of the fancied drivers, his Mini being one of 28 T1 prototype vehicles featured among 50 cars tackling the event.

Aiming for a third successive victory in the T2 production class and also looking to leave behind a trail of more powerful challengers is the UAE’s tenth seed, Yahya Al Helei, who has yet to miss a Desert Challenge.

Like Schlesser, Spanish rider Marc Coma, the reigning FIM Cross-Country Rallies world champion, is aiming to extend a record of six victories in the UAE event, having won it the last four years in a row.

Coma is followed in the seedings by his Polish KTM team-mate, Jakub Przygonski, and Speedbrain team-mates Paul Goncalves from Portugal and Spain’s Joan Barreda in a line-up of 60 bike and quad riders.

With UAE, Saudi and Qatari challengers sharing the international stage with the strong overseas contingent, one of the host country’s biggest hopes for success could be Obaid Al Kitbe who is attempting to win the quads category for the second year in succession.

 

Source: Vesti.kz


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