Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Graceful Exit from the Top

In a perhaps somewhat surprising announcement, seven time Dakar winner Vladimir Chagin has signaled his retirement from racing. Chagin has indeed dazzled and amazed fans from behind the wheel of his big Kamaz truck for many years, a record the belies his relatively young age of 41.

Besides being holder of the single most overall wins in any single category with 7, Chagin also holds several Dakar records, most stage wins at 63 and most stage wins in a single years rally topping 9 out of 14 stages in the 2010 edition.

The Tsar of Dakar, as he has been dubbed, will continue with the Kamaz team as the head of the Motorsport division, so while not driving competitively, he will remain completely immersed in the team's direction while allowing a new crop of drivers to don the top step of the Dakar podium.

RallyRaidReview thanks Vladimir Chagin for years of entertainment that has lead to wonderment about how the goliaths of the desert can attain and maintain such mind boggling speeds. Well done Chagin, well done.

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