Ceremonial start to the legendary Dakar by Russian G-Energy Team took place in the heart of Moscow On December 12, G-Energy Team Russia presented its upcoming start to The Dakar 2016 international cross-country rally at Revolution Square. Over five thousand fans gathered in the center of the city on Saturday to wish luck to the crew: driver Vladimir Vasilyev and codriver Konstantin Zhiltsov, who right after New Year will face the two-week extreme marathon along mountain spiral roads and roadless terrains of South America.
G-Energy Team is one of the few teams representing Russia in the international competition. In 2015, the crew finished the race decently and won the fifth position in the "Off-road" category. All Saturday at Revolution Square virtuoso drummers, beat boxers, and "Sand Show" artists were entertaining the guests. Everybody was offered free access to motorsport zone where those who wished could try their hand behind the wheel of rally car simulators, learn more about the famous Dakar event and the team, and meet its crew Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov in person during the autograph session. Finishing the ceremony was the concert of iconic Russian music band Uma2rman whose hit song "Pobeda Za Nami" (The Day Is Ours) was obviously the theme tune of the day.
G-Energy Team is gaining popularity rapidly, supporters' growing activity being the best evidence of that. Over a thousand people who chose to attend the ceremony left their good wishes on a special "message board". For those who couldn't do it personally, special dakar.g-energy.org web site was launched on December 12, where all rally raid aficionados can both follow their beloved team's success and win prizes from G-Energy: branded sweat-shirts, baseball caps, and tablets.
The Dakar Rally is rightfully considered the most challenging race of the planet that keeps acting as a magnet for millions of motorsport lovers. The adventure for the bravest and the strongest will start on January 2, 2016 in Buenos Aires. This year its route will run along the mountain, rock and desert landscapes of Argentina and Bolivia. The finish is scheduled for January 16 in Rosario, Argentina.
"We are ready for Dakar and yet another speed and endurance challenge. In January we are planning to test our new vehicle, Toyota Hilux in The Dakar, and hope to perform successfully. Many thanks to all our supporters!" – G-Energy pilot Vladimir Vasilyev said.
Gazpromneft Lubricants, G-Energy premium engine oils manufacturer, has been supporting the athletes for several years now. To provide technical assistance to G-Energy Team, we utilize our most innovative solutions. Special product line, G-Energy Racing, ensures uninterrupted performance of a racing car engine in the severe conditions of the off-road raid, – says CEO of the company Alexander Trukhan. – However, excellent performance of a vehicle is just not enough to win. This is why with all
my heart I wish Vladimir Vasilyev and Konstantin Zhiltsov success in The Dakar".
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"A challenge for those who go on. A dream for those who stay behind." This is how the founder of the Dakar Rally, Thierry Sabine, once described his inspiration for the most fascinating rally event on the international motorsport calendar. Since 1978, courageous drivers on motorcycles, quads, in cars and trucks have been demonstrating their ability as they make their way through the desert on the world's most infamous endurance rally.
Up to 2008, the event was held exclusively in Africa, and was initially known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" due to the location of its start and finish. Over the course of time, the route and the start and finish locations have changed several times. In 1995 the rally started elsewhere other than Paris for the first time. "Paris-Dakar" became "Dakar". Then, in 2009, the unsettled political situation in some African countries saw the event moved to South America, where it has been held since – and has lost none of its original appeal.
All this makes the Dakar Rally a unique challenge for man and machine. Unlike rallies such as those in the World Rally Championship (WRC), this marathon rally does not take place on designated, blocked-off roads and routes, but on open, largely unmarked terrain. Each entrant must first and foremost rely on his/her driving skills.
The competitors must complete up to 800 kilometres per day – a nerve-wracking, two-week marathon, during which the organisers only allow the drivers one rest day. No wonder more than 50% of entrants retire from the Dakar Rally each year. Whatever happens, every day will be an exciting day once the Dakar Rally gets underway again in January 2014.
Date of birth: 11.08.1969
Hobbies: rallys, hunting, winemaking
Place of birth: Tver / RUS
Family status: married, 3 daughters and one son
Place of residence: St. Petersburg / RUS
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain Italian Baja Silk Way Rallye - One stage win First Rally Raid participation
Date of birth: 19.05.1977
Hobbies: cross-country rally, alpine skiing, parachute, wakeboarding
Place of birth: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR Familienstand: married, 2 daughters
Place of residence: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain