In general, to our deepest regret, and for reasons beyond our control, to please all readers with reports from the tank biathlon and Aviadarts, as well as from other competitions, did not come out this year. Alas. But we wouldn’t allow ourselves to miss the competitions of the ABT Masters, which were held side by side, because we arrived in Ostrogozhsk on Sunday 7 of August to host the most spectacular and exciting part: the final team race.
Moreover, it was interesting, because this race decided who would be the winner of the competition, Russia or China. By the end of the team came what is called a bumper to the bumper.
A little about the organization. I can not say, because I had something to compare (with last year), I was impressed.
Ostrogozhsk - an old town with a very long history. But small. And the events of such a plan do not occur more than once in ... I do not know how many years. Rarely, in short. And the public has turned the competition into a holiday for everyone, but in a very original way. Each settlement of the district (who wanted and could) arranged something like a stand of its town.
Basically it looked like this. Type a small courtyard, the appearance is ostentatious, and the filling is quite real.
Somewhere under the accordion sang ditties to lift the spirit. Sometimes even with brute force ...
These lovely grannies sang Russian folk songs unaccompanied so that only an absolutely deaf could pass by.
And in each compound everyone was offered a treat according to traditional recipes. Since we arrived very early, I allowed myself to be distracted from the performance of immediate duties and to taste something. Uryvka dumplings together with something from a pumpkin (the name forgot that I ate - I did not understand, like chowder, but yummy) and mead ... In short, not in vain.
There were a lot of spectators. Filled all the stands, despite the + 37 in the shade. On the landfill, as last year, they did not carry, a huge screen was mounted on which everything was broadcast. With comments. No worse than biathlon.
The participants. Russia, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, China. The Belarusians did not come this time. Instead of them, another Russian team, from DOSAAF, performed outside the standings.
The parade was commanded by the Deputy Minister of Defense, Major General Bulgakov.
The race format is a relay race. Jeep and two trucks.
The track was a concrete at first, on which there were "snake", "eight", overpass, climbs, high-speed sections. Then the mud area and special stages with obstacles. Firing line, where drivers fired from a machine gun.
Judges at the start-finish.
The first was Kazakhstan, then Venezuela, then Russia, China, the DOSAAF team closed the table.
Venezuelans welcome the first finish.
Then they went with the whole team to congratulate the representative of Kazakhstan. Generally, nice guys.
Then pulled up China.
A participant from the Kazakhstan team shares his impressions.
In KamAZ, the view: "Finally, behind."
Representative of the panel of judges from Kazakhstan. At each stage there were judges from three countries, Russia, Kazakhstan, China.
This is how the main special stage with obstacles looked. Left - for SUVs, right - for trucks.
Gravel, then concrete logs, then tires imitating arable land, concrete hemispheres for trucks and another mud bath. Another one was on the route. And then ford.
The most unpleasant obstacle: concrete buns.
Mud bath True, after her ford, where the dirt can be slightly washed.
Better than our driver "koloboks" no one passed. This, according to reviews, was the most difficult obstacle.
Shot back - and forward to the finish. Only dust by the post.
The teams of Kazakhstan and Venezuela are not lucky. Drowned on the ford of their Oise. Affected, apparently, nervous tension, in training were held more than once.
With the Chinese jeep it turned out that he was stuck in the upper mud bath, which deprived the team of victory. The machine is faster than the "Patriot", but that's how it happened.
The Chinese, who spoke after ours, did everything they could to still snatch victory. The truck driver in general danced something utter on koloboks.
And the medals were already waiting for their owners. The judges believed for a long time, there were two pairs, Russia - China and Kazakhstan - Venezuela, who fought among themselves.
Building teams for rewarding.
The main judge, Major Chuzhikov, reports on readiness.
The Deputy Minister of Defense personally awarded all winners.
In the competition SUV, our driver was the second. The first is China, the third is Kazakhstan.
In the competition of trucks Russia - the first! The second and third places in the Chinese team.
Surprise for all: the third place of the Venezuelan team in the competition of truck tractors.
Who was the first - is clear. The second - the Chinese.
And here is the quintessence of everything: the overall standings.
Third place: the team of Kazakhstan.
Second place: the Chinese team.
Cup winners competition "Masters of armored vehicles" in the Russian team.
Bulgakov then talked with the Venezuelans, a mutual exchange of courtesies.
And I was caught by the representatives of the Iranian army. Watched ...
That's how these pretty adrenaline races ended. We won deservedly ours. The Russians were stronger nerves, hands and everything else.
It is a pity that there were no Belarusians. Although last year, MAZs were losing to KAMAZ trucks in speed, but the neighbors were quite competitive. Very sorry.
On this for us, "Army Games" began and ended, the only thing I can allow myself to add is another material that concerns the participants of the competition. I supplemented my observations and notes, which I began to make at ABT Masters last year. I think it will be interesting.