Chagin does not sit more behind the wheel of a “combat” KAMAZ.Vladimir Gennadievich Chagin was born on January 5, 1970 in Nytva (Perm Region). Seven-time winner of the Dakar rally in the truck class. In 1996 he won the super-long marathon "Paris - Ulyanovsk - Ulan Bator". Then the KAMAZ-master team became the world champion in this kind of sports for the first time in the history of Russian motorsport. Since 2002, Chagin himself has been designing, assembling KAMAZ racing trucks and competing in them. On February 15, 2011 he announced that he was leaving big sport, heading the non-profit organization KAMAZ-Autosport. Vladimir Gennadievich Chagin was born on January 5, 1970 in Nytva (Perm Region). Seven-time winner of the Dakar rally in the truck class. In 1996 he won the super-long marathon "Paris - Ulyanovsk - Ulan Bator". Then the KAMAZ-master team became the world champion in this kind of sports for the first time in the history of Russian motorsport. Since 2002, Chagin himself has been designing, assembling KAMAZ racing trucks and competing in them. On February 15, 2011 he announced that he was leaving big sport, heading the non-profit organization KAMAZ-Autosport. Related Materials Visiting KAMAZ-Master
- "Behind the wheel"? Since childhood, I love you! Dad wrote a magazine, and I collected, neatly stacking. I was most interested in the last pages where there were publications about motor sports. At the age of seven, I started karting, where my father brought me. For this I am very grateful to him. Being engaged in small cars, I, naturally, was interested in "big" competitions: "Friendship Cup of the socialist countries", USSR, European and world rally championships. In the late 70s and early 80s, there was little information; its main source was newspapers and magazines. In “At the wheel” I found out which competitions were held and who won.
- Now you are 47. So, have you been driving for 40 years ?
- Even more. For the first time, my father put me behind the wheel at age 6. It was a VAZ-2101. My legs hadn’t reached the pedals yet, but as soon as my father rode off-road near Kama or in the forest, he always allowed me to sit in the driver’s chair. Then the father acquired a "deuce" of white color. When I got the rights at the age of 18, dad gave it to me. I remember how I, studying at the Polytechnic Institute of Naberezhnye Chelny, went to her for a lecture. By the way, a few years ago my friends gave me such a white VAZ-2102 for my birthday. On weekends, I sometimes ride a "deuce", I remember my childhood.Friends' birthday present - VAZ 2102, the first Chagin car. Friends' birthday present - VAZ 2102, the first Chagin car.
“ Good old mechanics …”
- It's true, I am a fan of a manual gearbox. Until I finished my pilot career in 2011, I had all the cars with mechanics and all-wheel drive only. In order not to wean from three pedals. I basically think that the car should only be all-wheel drive. Since the beginning of the 90s, I've always had SUVs: Niva, Mitsubishi Pajero, then Toyota Land Cruiser. I still do not change the principle of all-wheel drive: such a machine is more reliable. Especially in our unpredictable climate. However, when I finished my career, just a few days later my friends gave me the Lexus LX 570 with an automatic transmission, which I drive.
“ You like motorcycles, aren't you?”
- Yes. The family now has several motorcycles. Including the wife of Lena. If there is a free minute, I gladly change to two wheels. We ride with Lena around the city or along forest roads.
- Prefer cross?
- No, only asphalt. Off-road and adrenaline in my life is enough for me. By the way, I noticed that the main reason for accidents with motorcyclists is the lack of license plates: they are not read by cameras, and a person has no restrictions. I always follow the signs. Of course, it’s sometimes boring to “feel sick” on a motorcycle at 70 km / h when it develops a top speed of 360 km / h. But there are rules. If you want adrenaline, go to a track or sports track. I believe that it is necessary to tighten the attitude towards the installation of license plates.
- I know that in 2018, the Silk Road for the first time will be offset for motorcyclists?
- Previously, there were enough two categories: cars and trucks. But motorcyclists tightly pressed all the years. Both pilots and team leaders in the moto category constantly came up to me, asking me to make a limited squad. This adds trouble to the organizers, you need to change the timings of the entire race. But under pressure and not decreasing pressure, we decided to try.
|The first attempt to sit behind the wheel. The first attempt to sit behind the wheel.||Ready for the flight! Ready for the flight!|
- How did your life change when you became the leader of the race?
- A new life has begun! A new step in sports biography. When I was a pilot, for me the main value was my car. The main task was the victory of the team. In 2011, I ended my pilot career, became the head of the KAMAZ-master team. He began to worry about all our five crews. I tried to make them equally well prepared. If someone was driving more slowly during training, I would sit in their cab to motivate and prompt them. Now, all 125 crews participating in the race have become for me as one team. This is a new experience that I have received. All the last race I flew by helicopter from Moscow to Beijing, and when I saw that someone had broken down, I was worried, as for the KAMAZ team.
“ You know the route thoroughly.” Is there any temptation to somehow help your own, to prompt, to warn?
- Indeed, the ideology of rally raids is such that the participants do not know the route. This is the highlight. Crews receive a road book on the eve of launch. The principle that I adhered to when I was a pilot in big sport was not to try to find out anything about the route more than it should be under the technical regulations. What is the point then to participate in the fight if you did not defeat the opponent, but deceived him? Since last year, I have been leading the Silk Road project, and Sergey Savostin, my colleague on the crew, leads the KAMAZ team. He is my friend, but I immediately said that the principle remains. Even when Sergey comes into my office and my cards are laid out on the table, I turn them over. There must be fair play.Related Materials Flying KAMAZ trucks in Volgograd
- In 2012, I participated in the Silk Road as a correspondent. Once, at a bivouac, my colleagues suggested that I go to visit KAMAZ: “Chagin treated everyone to beer.” Is such a situation possible now?
- This is a distinctive feature of rally raids: for two weeks all participants are as one family. And I think, no matter what the position, the main thing is to remain human. In the domestic plan, we are in equally difficult conditions, so we need to maintain human qualities, sociability. I am still participating in the training process of the KAMAZ-master team, although the time for this is getting less and less. Anyway, I sit in cabs, see who is at what level, what new items have appeared in cars. Feeling all this with your own backside is much more effective than reading in the reports in the head's chair!
- What kind of driver are you?
- Very disciplined. I love speed and fast driving, but this was enough for me on the racetracks. On public roads, I behave calmly. I can slightly exceed the speed, but where the traffic situation allows, without creating any danger to myself or other traffic participants.
- Do fines come?
- Rarely. For example, I will say that in the KAMAZ-master team I follow this very carefully. If someone violated traffic rules on a team’s car, he pays a fine from his own money. And I fasten the seat belt, even if I am making a detour of the territory.
- “Adrenaline addiction” does not exist?
When I was a pilot, I loved speed much more. Now I have other interests, other priorities. I like to change the format of movement - change from four to two wheels, for example, and calmly ride outside the city, breathe air.The main racer of Russia Vladimir Chagin: I was put behind the wheel at the age of 6
The Silk Road is an international rally-raid (since 2016 - a rally-marathon), held since 2009 in Russia, as well as in some years, of the states of Central Asia and China. The race takes place on off-road and public roads. The task of each crew is to quickly overcome high-speed sections along a specific road-book route, marking at mandatory control points.