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Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ G-Energy Racing motor oils to be put to the test at Dakar 2015

моторное масло G-Energy RacingGazpromneft-Lubricants is, for the first time, conducting tests of its specialist G-Energy Racing motorsport oils, to be used by MAZ trucks in the 2015 Dakar Rally.

G-Energy Racing 20W-60 motor oils will be used by the Belorussian MAZ-SPORTavto team, three crews of which will be taking part in the T4 truck class. The marathon rally starts on 4 April 2015, in Buenos Aires.

Testing will be undertaken with the support of the Gazpromneft-Lubricants mobile laboratory, which has, already, been used several times during elimination rounds at the Russian Rally Raid Championship and the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

As part of its collaboration with MAZ-SPORTavto (which has now been ongoing for more than two years) Gazpromneft-Lubricants has already conducted testing of G-Energy Racing premium oils in MAZ trucks, at the 2014 Russian Championships, 2014.

Alexander Trukhan, Gazpromneft-Lubricants CEO, commented: “We use the best formulations and technologies to make sure that our company’s products guarantee the flawless technical condition of rally vehicles. We have been ‘breaking in’ G-Energy Racing oils on MAZ vehicles over the past season. The product has proved itself in testing and is now ready to deliver optimum results at Dakar.”

MAZ-SPORTavto team leader Valery Kozlovsky added: “We have every confidence in the technology, and in ourselves: the experience we have gained in previous competitions means we can stake a claim for a well-deserved result.”

Notes for editors

Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd (“Gazpromneft-Lubricants”) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and car fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd has five production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at more than 490,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and car fluids per year.

The company’s products are used on the production lines of major automotive manufacturers including The Avtotor group of companies (producing General Motors and Hyundai vehicles), Mercedes Benz Trucks Vostok, KAMAZ, and the GAZ Group.

The company’s product range includes 470 branded oils and lubricants for all market sectors (more than 1,000 products in total).

G-Energy is the premium motor oils brand from Gazprom Neft. G-Energy oils are 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 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 use a friction modifier, coupled with synthetic base oils, reduces energy loss in engine operation, releasing the additional capacity necessary for achieving optimum results in competitions. Premium-brand racing oils are produced at the Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ facility in the Italian town of Bari.

The marathon Dakar Rally (formerly the Paris—Dakar Rally) is an annual trans-continental rally raid, held every year since 1978. Both professional sportsmen (works’ teams) and amateurs take part in competitions (the latter making up as much as 80 percent of competitors). In contrast to classic rallies, elimination rounds take place, as a rule, from the beginning of the year, ending with arrival at the final destination. The full extent of the rally is divided into various sections, with victory going to those completing the full route in the shortest time. In addition to this, the Dakar, as well as having elimination rounds across all rally vehicles as a whole, also includes specific contests for motorbikes, quad-bikes and trucks — with a rally-raid winner in each category.