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 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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