- Mar 21, 2009
Russia's Kamaz team starts off in Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires
Russia's Kamaz team starts off in Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswireRussia's Team Kamaz started the legendary off-road Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires on Friday.
Speaking before the start, Russian team leader Semyon Yakubov said: "We had been preparing for the race a whole year and hope to win. But we have serious rivals, for example, the Tatra team that comprises four vehicles."
The Russian team already has seven winning titles from the legendary off-road race.
2010 Dakar Rally is the 31st event. It is in South America for the second successive time and will run from January 1 to 16. Last year marked the first time that the rally, founded in 1979, has taken place outside Africa, in South America, due to safety reasons.
Teams from 50 countries on 52 trucks, 160 motorcycles and 138 cars are taking part in the race that kicked off from the Obelisk on Buenos Aires's central 9th of July Avenue on New Year's Day.
The total racing distance is 9,030 km (5,610 miles) for cars and trucks, and 8,937 km (5,553 miles) for bikes and ATVs. There are seven stages in Argentina, and seven in Chile.