He is once again the boss of the Dakar. After a two-year absence and an unfortunate experience on the last edition in South America where he was disqualified following an incident with a spectator, Andrey Karginov returned to his winning ways.
His second victory was accomplished with style. Behind the wheel of his Kamaz, the Russian took command of the rally on stage four and never looked back as he went to take seven stage wins from a possible 12. The achievements of the 44-year-old Russian speak for themselves: Dakar champion in 2014 and 2020, third place twice (in 2013 and 2015) and 18 stage wins. This is his 9th Dakar with his habitual team-mates: Andrey Mokeev and Igor Leonov. While Eduard Nikolaev has hung up his helmet to take on a new role in the team Karginov will be the new leader of the blue armada.
In special Dakar 2021 press conference Andrey Karginov said:
“For sure it was so perfect and diverse stages, so I would like to come back again to Saudi Arabia. We won in 2020, but it’s a new chapter and we have very strong competitors. It will be very difficult. The diversity impressed me a lot and you must all the time be concentrated. We don’t have number one in Kamaz team and we always change our strategy during the race. I’m not here because of victory, more important is to enjoy this rally.”
- Mark : KAMAZ
- Model : 43509
- Performance tuner : Team KAMAZ Master
- Assistance : TEAM KAMAZ Master
- Class : T5.2 Modified trucks
|2020||1st (7 stage wins)|
|2019||Ab. Stage 5 (2 stage wins)|
|2014||1st (4 stage wins)|
|2012||4th, 2 stage wins|