G-Drive Racing wins 6 Hours of Silverstone
On 20 April, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) kicked off at Silverstone (UK). Russia’s G-Drive Racing team, sponsored by Gazprom Neft’s G-Drive premium fuel brand, finished first in the 6 Hours of Silverstone race.
This year, G-Drive Racing has a new technical partner: the reigning FIA WEC champions, French team OAK Racing. The G-Drive team includes drivers Olivier Pla, Julien Canal, and Russian driver Roman Rusinov, who is racing for G-Drive for the third year in a row. The new FIA WEC season sees G-Drive Racing in the #26 Morgan-Nissan LMP2.
Russian team G-Drive Racing secures victory in 6 Hours of Silverstone race
“In 2013, G-Drive Racing finished in bronze medal position at these championships: the first podium finish for a Russian team in the history of the FIA WEC. This is the third year running that we have taken part in endurance racing. The team has been undergoing serious preparation in the run-up to this season, has gained invaluable experience, and has every chance of improving on its previous result. The result of the first race speaks for itself”, commented Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Director and Project Manager for G-Drive Racing Alexander Krylov.
Photograph (left to right): Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Olivier Pla
The championship will run until mid-November 2014. G-Drive Racing will be taking part in every stage of the competition. Races will also take place in Belgium, France, Brazil, the USA, Japan, China, and Bahrain.
Gazprom Neft’s G-Drive Racing project supports Russian motorsports. As part of the project, Gazprom Neft sponsors G-Drive Racing, which is competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 class as well as in the new European championship, the Blancpain Sprint Series (previously the FIA GT Sprint).
G-Drive is a next-generation fuel available at Gazprom Neft filling stations. This premium fuel contains additives that increase engine power by up to 12%, improve acceleration by up to 1.8 seconds, and offer first-rate protection for engine fuel systems.
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is one of the five largest world series held by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), alongside Formula 1. The championship features eight stages spanning three continents: Austin (USA), Spa (Belgium), Le Mans (France), Silverstone (UK), Sao Paolo (Brazil), the Kingdom of Bahrain, Fuji (Japan), and Shanghai (China). The 24 Hours of Le Mans, a WEC stage, is one of the three most prestigious races in the world alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. Over 310,000 spectators cheer on the drivers at Le Mans every year.
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