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    TYUMEN, January 14 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Perestoronin) - The Russian Kamaz truck, driven by Firdaus Kabirov, won the 12th stage of the 2004 Telefonica Dakar rally.

    The 12th stage is not the longest stage but it is one of the fastest. The Russian crew covered 666 km in 2 hours 24 minutes and 37 seconds. Brazilian De Azevedo (Tatra) and Dutchman Gerardus De Rooy (DAF) took second and third place respectively. Forty-one trucks participated in the race.

    Kabirov's Kamaz, with a total time of 38:28.34, is the overall leader after the latest stage. De Azevedo (Tatra) is in second place, 54.24 down. Vladimir Chagin, another Russian driver, on a Kamaz is in third place, 1:49.20 off pace.

    The 26th Dakar race started in France on January 1, and stretching for more than 11,000 km across Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina-Faso and Senegal, is to finish on the bank of famous Pink Lake on the outskirts of Dakar on January 18.

    As many as 563 men and women from 38 countries (180 motorcyclists, 140 car crews, nearly 70 truck crews, and auxiliary hardware) are participating in the rally.

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