G-DriveRacing Competes Aggressively at Nürburgring

Gusevsky Valve Plant Gusar has partnered with Cornet Valve Plant to sponsor the Russian G-DriveRacing team at the FIAWEC (World Endurance Championship) in 2017.  
       Despite starting last with a three-minute penalty, the Russian G-DriveRacing team managed to make a breakthrough in the German race, finishing sixth and earning the vital points. 
       Last weekend, the famous German Nürburgring track hosted the fourth stage of the World Endurance Championship FIAWEC. 
In Saturday's qualification race, the Russian G-DriveRacing team came first in LMP2 Class — for the fourth time this season. But the technical inspection after the session discovered that the front control bar of the prototype Oreca #26 was curved by 5 mm more than allowed by the regulations. Although that did not give any advantage in speed, the judges discarded the qualification time recorded by G-DriveRacing, sending the team composed of Roman Rusinov, Ben Hanley, and Pierre Thiriet to the last starting position. 
At the start of the six-hour marathon, the Russian team's newest driver Ben Hanley quickly broke through the bunch of GT cars and began overtaking rivals in LMP2 Class. However, soon he had to pit for comply with the three-minute penalty imposed on the team for the accident at the previous race stage in Le Mans. 
       Despite the lost time, the Hanley, Rusinov, and Thiriet team managed to break into the seventh place in the course of the race, and approximately 40 minutes before the race finish, Hanley, who returned behind the steering wheel for the final segment, caught up with another rival. After several laps, Hanley successfully overtook the competitor and brought G-DriveRacing to the sixth position, which he retained until the finish. 
Roman Rusinov, one of the G-DriveRacing team's drivers, commented: "The Nürburgring race once again demonstrated that the G-DriveRacing team is the fastest. For the fourth time in a row, we recorded the best time in the qualification race, and had it not been for the judges' controversial decision to discard the pole and punish us with a three-minute penalty for the racing incident in Le Mans, we would undoubtedly have won this race. Most importantly, we again demonstrated our speed and attitude. We are also very satisfied with the performance of Ben Hanley, who substituted for Alex Linn in this race - he performed very well. Therefore, the outcome of the last race can be seen as positive." 
After the four stages of the World Cup, the G-DriveRacing team holds the sixth line in the overall ranking. The next FIA WEC race will take place on September 3 in Mexico.



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