G-Drive Racing – three-times European closed-circuit endurance champions

Russia’s G-Drive Racing team, taking part in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with the support of Gazprom Neft’s G-Drive fuels brand, has won this year’s series — the first team in its history to win the title three years in a row.

Team No. 26 — comprising Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Verne and Andrea Pizzitola, took part in six rounds of the European Le Mans Series, taking pole on the tracks in Monza (Italy), Spielberg (Austria) and Silverstone (Great Britain), with the G-Drive team ending the series on 100.25 points, beating their nearest competitor by 34.25 points.

Alexander Krylov, Head of the Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Directorate and the G-Drive Racing project, commented: «G-Drive Racing has, once again, shown outstanding speed, stability and seamless teamwork. We’ve been able to meet every challenge coming our way this season: the team was first to the finish in Le Mans, ending the season as ELMS champions. The drivers, engineers and mechanics on our team have done their work brilliantly, confirming their class for the fourth season in a row — we won the FIA World Endurance Championships in 2015, and have been the strongest team in the European Le Mans Series for the last three years! The 2018 season has, yet again, proved the power of G-Drive fuels and the superiority of the G-Drive Racing Team!»

The European Le Mans Series is a motor racing series of short four-hour endurance races, held at various racetracks throughout Europe, with teams competing in Le Mans Prototypes and Gran Turismo racing cars. The G-Drive team covered more than 10,000 kilometres over the course of the season, using up 5,000 litres of fuel and undergoing 66 pit-stops, with crew pilots spending more than 85 hours behind the wheel.

Notes for editors

Gazprom Neft’s G-Drive Racing project is directed at supporting Russian motor racing, with the company supporting the G-Drive Racing team, a participant in the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).

G-Drive is the official fuel of Russia’s G-Drive Racing team, with the team using Gazprom Neft’s premium gasoline during test sessions, allowing its performance to be tested on the most complex equipment, and under the most extreme racing conditions. In the six years it has been participating the team has become the most successful in the LMP2 prototype class, winning more than 20 races and four championship titles in the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.