G-Energy Team wins international Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015 rally

Vladimir Vasiliyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov, competing (in the Mini All4 Racing car) as part of the Russian G-Energy Team (sponsored by Gazpromneft Lubricants) has won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015 — a major international rally, forming the second round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The sportsmen also delivered the best time across all races.


The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is one of the longest-standing rally raids in the world, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. By tradition, this is one of the most demanding rounds in the World Cup, with a track of more than 1,000 kilometres, under extreme weather conditions.

G-Energy team captain Konstantin Zhiltsov commented: “This was a real challenge — the heat, searing wind, and treacherous dunes with hidden craters and traps. I’m glad we were able to complete the course in one piece — we were focussed on not making mistakes, on taking care of the car. We’re pleased with the result, we did alright, and all the equipment worked perfectly! Winning the World Cup in 2014, and getting fifth place at Dakar 2015 has given us great experience — which we’ve put to full use here.”

Gazpromneft Lubricants CEO Alexander Trukhan added: “This is, of course, not the first year that Gazpromneft Lubricants has supported the G-energy team; it’s lovely to see that, thanks to the use of cutting-edge G-Energy lubricants, the team have been able to deliver such great results. We place a very high value on cooperation in R&D with our teams, because the best endorsement of the quality of our products is the high value placed on these by the professionals themselves.”

Notes for editors

Gazpromneft Lubricants Ltd (“Gazpromneft Lubricants”) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and service fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft Lubricants Ltd has five production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at 500,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and service fluids per year.

Management policies at Gazpromneft Lubricants and its production assets are fully compliant with international ISO standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 16949 and OHSAS18001. The company supplies its products to the production lines of Derways Automobile Company, the Avtotor group of companies (producing General Motors and Hyundai vehicles), Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok, KAMAZ, and GAZ. The company’s products are used by corporate organisations including Severstal, SIBUR, Gazprom, Evraz, MMK (OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works), and other major industrial enterprises. The company’s product range includes 470 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 1,000 products in total). The company currently commands a 14-percent share of the Russian lubricants market, as well as operating in the markets of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, the CIS, the Baltics, the Central Asian republics and South—East Asia, Africa, and others. The company’s products are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.

G-Energy is the premium motor oils brand from Gazprom Neft, designed for the most up-to-the-minute American-, European- and Japanese-produced cars. G-Energy products are produced at Gazpromneft Lubricants’ production facilities in Bari, (Italy). The company’s oils are approved by leading global car manufacturers including Mercedes Benz, VW, BMW, Renault, General Motors, and others. In 2013 the company (the first in the Russian market to do so) launched a new, special-purpose G-Energy product line of 100-percent synthetic engine oils, G-Energy Racing, specially developed for professional racing vehicles and modern sports cars. G-Energy Racing oils provide maximum protection against engine wear, and provide highly effective protection of engine parts against deposit accumulation, preserving performance capacity even under the peak loads typical in racing.

The World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies is an annual series of worldclass rally competitions, organised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA, the international automobile association) for racing drivers and manufacturers’ teams. A “rally-raid” is a multi-stage racing competition, held both off-road and on public-access roads.)