G-Drive Racing team comes in third in 24 Hours of Le Mans race

The Russian G-Drive Racing team, which is partnered with G-Drive premium brand fuel, won third place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon. This was the first time in the history of motor sports that a Russian team climbed the winner’s podium at the historic racetrack in France. The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is one of the three best-known races in the world of motor sports, and is marking its ninetieth year in 2013. It is part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Throughout the day, the G-Drive Racing prototype was driven in turns by racers Roman Rusinov (Russia), John Martin (Austria), and Mike Conway (United Kingdom).

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“Out of all the stages of the FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans is the key race. That’s why it was so important for us to climb the winner’s podium. This year was the first time that a team bearing a Russian license and a Russian flag participated in Le Mans, and we are glad that G-Drive fuel once again demonstrated its enhanced properties,” said Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Director Alexander Krylov.

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“This is an exciting result,” notes Roman Rusinov, the Russian driver on the G-Drive Racing team. “We finished third in the most prestigious race on the planet in the opening season of the Russian team in the FIA World Endurance Championship! It’s especially pleasant that this year the legendary Le Mans is celebrating its ninetieth year, and our win is a gift to all Russian fans of the G-Drive Racing team!”

The next stage of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will take place on August 31 at Interlagos racetrack in the Brazilian city of São Paulo.

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The FIA World Endurance Championship ссылка откроется в новом окне (WEC) is one of the five major international auto racing series held, together with Formula 1, under the aegis of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The championship consists of eight stages, and takes place on three continents: Sebring, United States; Spa, Belgium; Le Mans, France; Silverstone, United Kingdom; São Paulo, Brazil; the Kingdom of Bahrain; Fuji, Japan; and Shanghai, China. The 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon, which comprises a part of the WEC calendar, is one of the three most prestigious international races, along with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. Each year, over 310,000 spectators attend the marathon.

Roman Rusinov is a repeat winner of grand touring class, sports car, and Formula Junior international races. In 2000, Roman became the first Russian racecar driver to win an international series race, winning the International Renault finals and coming in second place in the Formula Renault championship. In 2002, Rusinov came in third in the Formula Palmer Audi championship, and won the 1000-kilometer Le Mans Marathon in a category LMP2 2003 prototype. He became the first Russian citizen in the history of motor sports to win an international championship in 2004. Driving a Ferrari car, Rusinov became champion of the Le Mans international series. In 2005-2006, he was a test driver for the Jordan GP and MF1 Racing teams in the Formula 1 championship. He has created the Russian Spartak Racing team, and raced with that team in 2008-2009 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Le Mans series, the FIA GT1 World Championship, and the ADAC GT3 Race in Lamborghini cars, gaining seven winning places and three victories. Since 2012, he has been a driver in the G-Drive Racing team.

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