"KAMAZ-master is flesh of our automobile plant’s flesh, the team is thoroughly imbued with its spirit", said Sergey Kogogin, Director General of KAMAZ PTC. This should be cherished. KAMAZ was standing, stands and will stand behind the team.
KAMAZ-master Team: Legend Goes on Living
The history of the KAMAZ-master team began in 1988. At the start of the Jelcz Rally held in Poland three SUVs of the almost unknown in Europe brand arrived from Russia. None of the habitues of the rally – both sportsmen and fans – even in their bold predictions could imagine the team of beginners claiming the podium. Then everyone miscalculated – the debutants took second place in the race. Thus began the ascent to the top of the sports Olympus of the team from Naberezhnye Chelny which soon gained international fame under the name of KAMAZ-master.
The KAMAZ-master team can rightly be called a unique phenomenon in the national sport. Initially presenting themselves as a racing team of the Kama automobile plant, years later joining the ranks of the professionals and winning international recognition, it has never downgraded. The racers from Naberezhnye Chelny on home-made KAMAZ trucks won numerous awards in an uncompromising struggle against competitors driving vehciles made by the world's leading truck makers: Mercedes, MAN, Renault, DAF, Ginaf, HINO, Tatra, Iveco.
Back in 1990 the KAMAZ-master team started to pass a thorny way to the Dakar podium, and in 1996 won this prestigious race for the first time. Since then the team has participated in the race 27 times and won it 15 times. This is a unique result!
The team has five World Cup victories and fifteen victories in the super marathon Dakar.Today there are 11 Honored Masters of Sports of Russia and 15 Masters of Sports of International Class in the team!
The KAMAZ-master team besides sportsmen includes technical, engineering and managerial staff. Each department is responsible for a particular area of work; the professionals of the team are distinguished by a high level of self-discipline and efficiency: they perform their tasks right on time. And with all this the teammates don't compete with each other, on the contrary, the team's unspoken rule is to keep friendly, virtually family relations. Understanding, team spirit and responsibility – that is what underlies the activities of the sports KAMAZ mini-society. Such a communication model was formed during the races and brought to everyday life.
KAMAZ sportsmen-veterans, repeated winners of many world-class races – pilots Vladimir Chagin, Firdaus Kabirov, co-driver Aydar Belyaev, mechanic and co-driver Sergey Savostin – are in the elite of world motor racing.
President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov is an honorary member and pilot of the KAMAZ-master team. At the wheel of a racing KAMAZ, he repeatedly became the winner of prestigious international competitions.
One of KAMAZ-master's peculiarities is the fact that all of its sportsmen are technically competent professionals; each has been training and practicing in this sphere for many years. The crew members are good not only at racing, in case of accident they can by their own hand solve technical problems the racers face very often at rally-raids. Preparing for races, the sportsmen learn to operate the vehicles, study them inside out. Considering the team's background retrospectively, you understand how true this approach is: the outcome of the race repeatedly depended on the crew members' technical competence when help was too far, and the waste of precious minutes and hours could make the podium unattainable.