The G-Energy Team of Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov, participating with the support of Gazpromneft-Lubricants in an Mini off-road version , claimed an absolute victory in the Africa Eco Race rally-marathon.
For the third year now, the team filled various off-roaders with G-Energy Racing oils, specially developed for professional race cars and modern sports cars.
Africa Eco Race 2017 is a transcontinental marathon from Europe to Africa, whose route spans more than 6,000 km in total distance and 3,800 km in special sections, and runs through the territories of Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, before finally finishing at Lake Retba (Lac Rose) on the outskirts of Dakar. The race started in Monaco on 30 December 2016, culminated in Senegal on 14 January 2016. Of the 87 teams on motorcycles, off-roaders and trucks entering the competition, just 63 – overcoming the fiercest off-road tests and most daunting trials in the sands of the Sahara Desert – made it to the finish. The G-Energy Team maintained its lead from the earliest stages – even along the toughest special sections, the racers managed to avoid repairs and the associated time losses. This allowed the Russians to widen their lead over their closest competitors with each stage, which ultimately let them win by a wide margin.
Vladimir Vasilyev, a pilot: “We didn’t have any bad patches in this race at all, but we sure had a lot of great moments: the road was good, and of course we were simply thrilled that we emerged as the winners. The most memorable part of all was without doubt the dunes. We’re happy that our equipment didn’t let us down, and pleased that once again, G-Energy oils demonstrated impeccable performance.”
Alexander Trukhan, General Director of Gazpromneft-Lubricants: “We congratulate the team on their impressive win – what an exciting and beautiful race! For us as a producer of high-quality lubricants it’s a victory not only in sport but also in the technology; after all, our G-Energy lubricants have ensured the smooth operation of a high-performance race-car motor.”