A press-conference regarding the participation of MAZ-Sport Auto Team in the rally-raid DAKAR 2016 took place at Minsk Automobile Plant on December 22, 2015.
The press-conference was organized for Belarusian and Russian mass media. The Deputy General Director – Commercial Director Alexander Zakharchenko and the Chief of the sport team took part in the press-conference as well as the pilots of MAZ-Sport Auto Team Sergey Vyazovich, Alexander Vasilevski and Vladimir Vasilevski.
MAZ-Sport Auto Team is participating in Dakar for the fifth time already, and despite hard time the crews are absolutely ready for the competitions.
MAZ-Sport Auto Team shipped to Latin America in a complete set on December 24, in order to participates in the most difficult and prestigious race of the world – DAKAR 2016!
MAZ will present 3 trucks at the race – two main crews and a “fast technical” truck for the immediate assistance during the stages. The team plans to rise a pedestal, this means to enter the top-5, but the minimum task – is to hold on the whole route and keep among the top-10 crews.
The plant’s honor will be defended by tree crews:
Crew no. 507:
pilot – Sergey Vyazovich;
navigator– Pavel Garanin;
mechanic – Andrey Zhigulin.
Crew no. № 512:
pilot – Alexander Vasilevski;
navigator – Valery Kozlowski;
mechanic – Anton Zaporoschenko.
Crew no 541:
pilot – Vladimir Vasilevski;
navigator – Dmitry Vihrenko;
mechanic – Aleksey Neverovich.
The trucks are already in Argentina. All the vehicles have been prepared taking in consideration the experience of the last years. The team has done everything in order to be a deserving performer at DAKAR-2016 and is aiming for high places.
The Belarusian team stakes on speed, professionals, right strategy and trucks quality, thanks to the efforts of design engineers and mechanics. Rally-raid Dakar 2016 will take place on the territory of two countries – Argentina and Bolivia. The start of the race will take place on January, 3 in Buenos–Aires and the finish will be in Rosario on January, 16, 2016. The competitors will have to cover 9385 km in the lack off roads conditions, great rises and slopes (4 331 km are of special areas). 59 crews will participate in the race in Trucks category.
This year MAZ Sport Auto team has following partners: