The third stage of the rally-raid "Silk Road-2012" on the "Volgograd — Elista" was won by the pilot of "KAMAZ-Master" Eduard Nikolaev.
Weather brought about changes in the route of the third stage of the "Silk Road". Its launch had to be postponed to a later date due to the heavy rains that hit the Volgograd region and made the first part of the route impassable. In connection with this special stage route stage was reduced from 491 km to 275 km — the athletes were directed to a detour compelling plot.
After 5.5 minutes after the Nikolaeva, to finish the stage arrived at the Czech Ales Loprais MAN `e, the third was the pilot of" KAMAZ-Master "Ayrat Mardeev. KAMAZ finished fourth by Dmitry Sotnikov, the sixth — the crew of Anton Shibalova. "Fighting" technicals Ilgizara Mardeeva took 8 th place, and the crew of Sergei Kupriyanov — 15th. Recall that the Kazakh crew Ardavichus under Arthur, who also serves on KAMAZ, experienced technical difficulties on the first and second stages. However, after the efforts undertaken on the eve of Mechanical Ardavichus able to go to the start and finished fifth.
Following three days of the rally "Silk Road-2012" in the cargo standings leader of the race remains a Russian crew of "KAMAZ-Master" in the driver Eduard Nikolaev, Sergey Savostina navigator and mechanic Vladimir Rybakov. Loprais occupying second place behind him about 13 minutes, 43 seconds Cech concedes Mardeev Jnr.
Today, the participants will have to overcome is the longest stretch of road rally. The fourth stage of the "Silk Road" is a circular route and will "Elista — Elista." After 70 kilometers after the start of the athletes will go through the desert Astrakhan, the most difficult, hot and dry part of the race route. The length will be 506 kilometers of special stages.
It was learned that the tragedy in Krymsk canceled the last stage of the rally "Silk Road-2012", which was to be on the "Maikop — Gelendzhik" on July 13. The competition will end on the day before, on July 12 in Maikop.