G-Energy Team represented by Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Zhiltsov driving MINI ALL4 Racing car will take part in the third round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup — the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, which will be held from April 5 to April 10. A total of 100 competitors from 32 countries are listed in the race.
The competition in the hottest desert of the east has secured its status of the "king's race" in the rally raids schedule for the professional organization, superb logistics and spectacular start and finish conditions among the sandy oases and high dunes. The race will be held on the grounds of the Yas Marina complex hosting Formula 1 round and other prestigious motor sport events.
The crew is determined to master all the challenges of the unique sandy track laid over the famous dunes of the Arabian Rub' al Khali desert and win extra points. Keeping in mind that Abu Dhabi round is classified as being of double complexity status and that all points earned are duplicated the competition on the track is not going to be spectacular but also uncompromising.
"We have trained hard and we are determined to take a medal place. The tactics that we developed based on the experience and knowledge of the track peculiarities and also support provided by our reliable partner G-Energy along with specially selected lubricants leave no chances to competitors, notwithstanding even strong competitor teams",
, noted Vladimir Vasiliev.
The athletes will cover two thousand kilometres of the track over six days, most of which will consist of specialized parts (1,300 km). The sports program is scheduled to start on April 3 with administrative checks and the following day G-Energy Team is going to pass the motor vehicle inspection and pre-start shakedown. This will be followed by the formal opening and a brief prologue, after which the caravan will set off for five days into the centre of the desert to compete for the general classification positions. The winners and prize takers will be honoured on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
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 motor races.
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.