On 10th January 2016, the eighth international rally marathon - Africa Eco Race 2016 came to a festive end.
The gas-powered KAMAZ with its team led by Sergey Kupriyanov came fourth in the truck category and was the best amongst vehicles with a hybrid drive.
The diesel-powered KAMAZ - part of the Russian KAMAZ-master team, as well as the gas-powered KAMAZ - driven by Anton Shibalov scored a victory in the truck category.
Both teams passed through a total of 12 stages of competition.
The Africa Eco Race 2016 was officially launched on 27th December 2015 in Monaco. 69 participants lined up at the start of the race of whom only 58 reached the finish line.
“The track was very difficult this year and we would like to thank the rally organisers for maintaining the highest level of racing as our skills continue to improve relatedly. We successfully overcame the most difficult sand sections as usual, while the many winding, rocky roads caused more serious obstructions for us this year. However, it is a real African Dakar where everything is possible. We have gained precious experience and are looking forward to continuing the battle next year,” Sergey Kupriyanov said.
Gazprom International congratulates the team of the gas-powered KAMAZ on their great result in the rally marathon and encourage them to remain strong in pursuit of their goals.
A gas-powered KAMAZ is a special sports truck model where compressed natural gas is used as fuel. The vehicle was designed in 2013 by the KAMAZ master team, supported by Gazprom PJSC and VTB Bank. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the capabilities of natural gas as a motor fuel.
The Africa Eco Race is an annual rally marathon that passes through a historic Dakar Rally route: through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
Photos: Gas-powered KAMAZ