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G-Drive Racing to take part in World Endurance Championship

The G-Drive Racing team is to take part in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) for the third year in a row, supported by premium gas brand G-Drive.

G-Drive Racing is captained by Russian driver Roman Rusinov. The team has two new drivers this year: Olivier Pla and Julien Canal of France. The Russian team also has a brand new technical partner — the French team OAK Racing, which is the reigning FIA WEC champion.

The championship will commence on April 20 in the UK with 6 Hours of Silverstone, and will last until mid-November 2014. G-Drive Racing will be taking part in every stage of the championship in a Nissan-Morgan marked with the number 26. There will be stages in Belgium, France, Brazil, the USA, Japan, China, and Bahrain.

JSC Gazprom Neft’s Regional Sales Director Alexander Krylov, who is the project manager for G-Drive Racing, said: “Last season G-Drive Racing won bronze in the championships. That was a fantastic result but we have every chance of doing even better this year: we have fine-tuned the prototype race car and assembled an ultra-professional team of drivers, and once again our partner is the premium gas brand G-Drive, which has performed superbly over the last two seasons of racing.”

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JSC Gazprom Neft operates approximately 1,300 gas stations throughout Russia and the CIS. JSC Gazprom Neft’s broad geographical presence and strategically located refineries in Omsk, Moscow, and Yaroslavl have enabled the company to reach the top of both the wholesale and retail markets in Western Siberia and central Russia.

G-Drive is a next-generation fuel available at JSC Gazprom Neft gas stations. This premium gasoline 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: Sebring (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.

Roman Rusinov has won many international races in the GT, prototype and Formula Junior categories. In 2000, Roman became the first Russian driver to win an international series race, coming in first at the International Renault Finals and securing a silver medal in the Formula Renault championship. In 2002, he took bronze in the Formula Palmer Audi, as well as winning the 1,000-kilometer Le Mans marathon in 2003 in an LMP2-class prototype. In 2004, he became the first Russian in the history of the sport to win an international championship. Rusinov conquered the Le Mans Series behind the wheel of a Ferrari. In 2005–2006, he was the test driver for the Formula 1 Jordan GP and MF1 Racing teams. In the 2008–2009 season, Rusinov, who founded the Russian team Spartak Racing, took part in 24 Hours of Le Mans as a team member, and also raced in the Le Mans Series and in the FIA GT1 and ADAC GT3 championships, driving Lamborghinis. He won a total of seven medals, three of them gold. He has been part of the G-Drive Racing team since 2012.

OAK Racing — G-Drive Racing’s technical partner — was founded in 1980 and is based in France. Last season, the team won 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category and won the WEC in both the individual and team events, in the same category.