January 14, 2020 - Thuesday
G-ENERGY TEAM: Stage nine – Fightback 

STAGE 9 | Wadi Al Dawasir -> Haradh | Date: 14.01.2020 | [GMT +3]
Special stage: 410 km | Total stage distance 886 km | Liaison: 476 km
Weather conditions: day 
+19С, night +2С; wind 11-27 m/s

The ninth special stage of the DAKAR rally marathon ended up with another victory of Andrey Karginov – the Truck classification leader. But today, his rivals have launched a counterattack – the positions in the group of favorites at the special stage finish have been radically different from the previous days of the rally. Sergey VYAZOVICH, the MAZ-SPORTauto team driver, performing with the Gazpromneft – Lubricants support, became the main newsmaker, showing the second result.

The stage passed along the route from Wadi Al Dawasir to Haradh. More recently, the DAKAR bivouac has been located in the multi-million Riyadh. And today the participants have finished in a small town, where a little more than a hundred thousand people live. But this settlement is one of the oil-producing capitals of the world, because the town stands on the main oil and gas field of Saudi Arabia – Ghawar. This is one of the largest oil and gas fields in the world. There are about 12 billion tons of oil and more than one billion cubic meters of gas at a depth of about two to three kilometers.

The ninth stage led the field closer to the Rub’ al Khali desert – one of the largest deserts in the world; one of the names of this area is the “empty quarter”. The route surface became more rigid and difficult – more than half the distance was soil with stones. The rest was sands, dunes and dunettes. And such a mixed surface nature usually leads to numerous punctures of the wheels – today many participants have suffered from them.

Andrey Karginov, the Truck standings leader, set the best time at the ninth stage – this is the fourth consecutive victory for the KAMAZ-master team driver. However, unlike the previous stages, Sergey VYAZOVICH, performing in the bonneted MAZ truck, has finished the second today.
At the special stage finish, the Belarusian crew gap to the winner was a little bit more than three minutes. Eduard Nikolaev finished with the third time, following VYAZOVICH, but his results are not taken into account in the general classification. 

Ales Loprais and Gert Huzink completed Tuesday special stage in the fourth and fifth positions respectively. Dmitry Sotnikov finished after them. Alexey VISHNEVSKY, driving another MAZ-SPORTauto team truck, took the seventh position, followed by Anton Shibalov.
Karginov, Sotnikov and Shibalov have become “victims” of sharp stones today – the latter changed the wheel right on the track, the crew of Dmitry Sotnikov stopped to help his teammates. And at the point of entry to the neutralization zone, the punctured rear wheels were replaced in the trucks of Sotnikov and Karginov.

Alexander VASILEVSKIY, performing as part of the MAZ-SPORTauto team, completed the ninth stage with 11th result.
After nine special stages, Andrey Karginov is continuing to lead the Truck standings. Anton Shibalov is retaining the second position, but his lag behind the leader has grown to 38.5 minutes. Sergey VYAZOVICH is the third. The gap between him and Shibalov narrowed to exactly 13 minutes.
Alexey VISHNEVSKY is occupying the eighth place in the Truck classification; Alexander VASILEVSKY is in the eleventh place, as yesterday.
The most experienced Dutchman Martin van den Brink was unable to finish on Monday, and was forced to retire. Today he has started in the Dakar Experience classification, but he doesn’t have his previous speed anymore – most likely the crew decided to go “to the finish line”.

The tenth DAKAR stage is the part of the “super marathon”. It means that after the finish, the field will have to service their sports equipment on their own. At the same time, teammates or even rivals can help the racers, but there will be no mechanics! The spare parts can be used either your own that you need to take on board and travel with them the stage distance (which is overweight), or removed from the cars and motorcycles of other participants. 
But this is not the only tomorrow challenge – at the tenth special stage, the DAKAR participants will fight in the Rub’ al Khali desert for the first time; this is one of the largest deserts in the world, located on the Arab Peninsula in the territories of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. The “Empty Quarter” is also one of the hottest flat deserts in the world – for the DAKAR participants luck, it is winter now and the air will not warm up to 70°C, as it happens in summer. Sand dunes up to 300 meters high, plaster plains, gravel and reddish-orange sand – they are very beautiful, but very difficult for racers. For a long time, Rub’ al Khali was considered impassable – tomorrow the DAKAR participants will have to verify the validity of this statement.

Sergey Vyazovich, International Master of Motorsports of the Republic of Belarus,
head of the MAZ-SPORTauto team, crew No. 503 driver,
“The day was not bad. Although we had not very good starting position – we were “deep” a little bit, mixed with cars. The starting interval was every 30 seconds, so at the first part we had to sweat while we got out of the dust. At the second part, we even began to fall asleep at first – there was an ideally smooth road… But at the end, 50 kilometers to the finish line, small dunes started to appear – such hills of sand mixed with stones. And we had one very dangerous moment there. We drove into two waves, and the rear suspension worked badly – it was pierced very much. The car stood almost vertically on the front axle, and we hit the stones with the front brackets. Two springs were broken, but praise God we didn’t roll over “through the nose” – I think there were a couple of degrees left to that… Now we willmake changes to the suspension settings.

Alexander Vasilevsky, Candidate Master of Motorsports of the Republic of Belarus, crew No. 508 driver, MAZ-SPORTauto team,
“We drove the ninth special stage well. We passed the route good, the car didn’t let us down, we drove steadily – there was maximum speed almost always”.

Alexey Vishnevsky, Master of Motorsports of the Republic of Belarus, crew No. 528 driver, MAZ-SPORTauto team,
“The special stage was fairly high-speed. At first there were a lot of stones for a hundred kilometers, we were “shaken” there much. Then there was a race at maximum speed and at the end – small dunes, some off-road. In general, the day passed without any stops, everything is fine, we are moving on”.

Stage 9 statistics
Classification after Leg 9 - Trucks
Classification after 8 Stages - All vehicles
Rally-Guide (pdf)
Summary Stage9
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Gazpromneft Lubricants Company (Gazpromneft-SM LLC), a Gazprom Neft subsidiary specializing in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and technical fluids. Is partner of the crews of the MAZ-SPORTauto team and the X-RAID G-Energy Team led by Vladimir Vasilyev and Vitaly Evtekhov.
G-Energy is a premium brand of motor oils from Gazprom Neft, designed for the most modern European, American and Japanese cars. The unique adaptive ACF technology used in the oil allows you to enhance the necessary performance properties depending on the engine operating conditions, activating the necessary additives at the right time. Products are manufactured at the Gazpromneft-SM plant in Bari (Italy). Oils are approved by the world’s leading manufacturers (MB, VW, Renault, GM, etc.). In 2013 Gazpromneft-SM was the first company at the Russian market to produce a specialized line of 100% synthetic G-Energy Racing oils, specially designed for professional racing cars and modern sports cars. G-Energy Racing oils provide maximum engine protection against wear, as well as effectively protect its parts from the formation of deposits, maintaining operational properties even at maximum loads typical for racing.
Mobile laboratory is a unique complex that allows to make the rapid oils analysis. It is equipped with three high-tech devices: Fluid Scan IR spectrometer, xSort xRF spectrometer and MiniVisc mini viscometer.   
The Fluid Scan IR spectrometer assesses the degree of the working oil degradation compared to a sample of clean product. It measures the additive package relative depletion and the base number reduction, determines the degree of the product contamination with coolant, water, soot; determines the degree of the product nitration, oxidation, sulfation. The measured values ​​of these indicators allow to diagnose the engine systems condition and assess the degree of the product “aging”.  
The xSF xSort spectrometer shows the content of metals and abrasive contaminants (atmospheric dust) in samples of operating oil. Metals in oil are products of parts wear, indicating elements of additives.   
The viscometer allows to assess the dynamics of changes in the operating oil kinematic viscosity that, in turn, is responsible for ensuring the pressure in the lubrication system and ensuring the required thickness of the oil film on the rubbing, loaded parts. The measured parameters values​​allow to diagnose system failure and engine parts wear, to determine the presence of pollutants, to assess the reserve of the product operational properties.
Gazpromneft – Lubricants (OOO Gazpromneft-SM), a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specializing in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and technical fluids. It was created in November 2007. Products are manufactured at 6 sites in Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production is 600 thousand tons ofhigh-quality oils, lubricants and technical fluids per year. The Omsk Lubricants Plant (OZSM) has the most modern complex in Russia for oils mixing, filling and packaging with a total annual mixing and packing capacity of 300 thousand tons. The system of Gazpromneft - Lubricants management and its production assets complies with the requirements of international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949 and OHSAS 18001. The company products consumers are the largest industrial enterprises; the range includes 600 types of oils and lubricants for all market sectors (over 1500 commodity items). The company products have over 330 approvals from leading manufacturers: KAMAZ, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Renault, General Motors, Cummins, MAN, ZF, Bosch Rexroth, and others. The company also manufactures and sells marine oils. Gazpromneft-SM accounts for 21% of the packaged lubricants market in Russia, and also operates in the CIS and Baltic countries, Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, etc. The company products are represented in 75 countries of the world.
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