G-Energy Team leads in the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup following the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhilsov of the Russian G-Energy Team drove their BMW MINI ALL4 Racing car to victory in the third round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup — the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge — securing the overall lead in the World Cup.
The 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which was held on 5–10 April, extended over more than a thousand kilometres of highly complex terrain located in the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). A total of 100 competitors took part in the qualifications in SUVs, motorcycles, and ATVs from 32 countries.
The crew negotiated each stage of the challenging sandy trail in the dunes of the Arabian Desert in Rub’ al Khali. On the second day, the G-Energy Team drivers outstripped their competitors, taking the lead in the standings and holding onto it until the very end. This victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge gives the team extra points and puts them in first place in the World Cup rankings.
“We’re pleased that the G-Energy Team’s indisputable success in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge set the stage for a subsequent victory in the World Cup. The technical special stages require outstanding driving and navigational skills from the drivers, and reliable functioning from the cars in what are extreme conditions during the rally, and G-Energy oil contributes to this”, said Alexander Trukhan, General Director of Gazpromneft-Lubricants.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants, the manufacturer of G-Energy premium motor oils, became a sponsor of the team in early 2014 as part of a programme to develop motorsports in Russia. The company provides lubricants and industrial fluids for testing in BMW X3 CC and MINI ALL4 Racing during cross-country rallies. The extreme loads on engines in off-road racing conditions provide the ideal opportunity to test the motor oils’ performance characteristics. The company takes the results of the tests and input from the drivers of the cars to perfect the formula and produce exceptionally high-quality products.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft specializing in the production and sale of oils, lubricants, and other service fluids. Founded in November 2007, Gazpromneft-Lubricants has five production facilities located in Russia, Italy, and Serbia. A total of 492,000 metric tonnes of high-quality oils, lubricants, and service fluids are produced each year. The company’s portfolio includes oils for petrol and diesel engines of passenger cars and trucks, transmission and hydraulic oils, industrial oils, service products, and coolants sold under the G-Family and Gazpromneft brands, and marine oils sold under the Texaco brand.
G-Energy is Gazprom Neft’s premium brand of motor oils. G-Energy motor oils are designed for the latest European, American, and Japanese passenger vehicles. The unique adaptive technology used in G—Energy motor oil provides enhanced performance characteristics depending on how the engine is used by activating the necessary additives as needed. Products are manufactured at Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ factories in Bari, Italy. In 2013, Gazpromneft-Lubricants developed G-Energy Racing motor oil, which is a special product line for all types of racing engines. G-Energy Racing motor oils provide maximum protection against engine wear, and efficiently guard engine parts against the formation of deposits. They maintain their performance characteristics even under the peak load conditions that are typical for racing.
The FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup is an annual series of international-level rally races organized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for competitive drivers and teams from automobile manufacturers. A cross-country rally is a multi-stage motorsports event that takes place both off-road and on roads used by the public.