GAZ vehicles take part in the rally-raid "Great Steppe - the Silk Road 2015"


Six sport cars manufactured on the basis of GAZ production models, take part in the IV stage of the Russian championship of Rally-Raids Great Steppe  the Silk Road 2015. For the first time in the team GAZ Raid Sport there is an all-female crew on Sobol 4×4: the pilot and co-driver are Tatiana Eliseeva and Elena Pravdina, who participated in a lot of international tournaments of the highest level. The biggest race of the season takes place on 1-4 July in the Republic of Kalmykia and the Astrakhan region.

GAZel' NEXT ___ zolotoi prizer Velikoi stepi 2015 kopiya.jpgThe team GAZ Raid Sport takes part in the IV stage of the Russian Championship of Rally-Raids 2015 Great Steppe. In the T4 cargo classification the team is presented by sport cars Sadko and Sadko NEXT. New serial diesel engines YaMZ-534 are installed on both cars. In the passenger classification Raid sport the team fielded two vehicles: GAZelle NEXT and Sobol 4×4. The premiere of the race was a new sport car GAZelle NEXT, which is manufactured in accordance with the requirements of the fastest rally-raid class  T1.

During the four sport days the athletes will cover about a thousand kilometers of the hardest off-road in the steppes and deserts of Kalmykia and the Astrakhan region. On the first day the athletes completed a four-kilometer prologue time trial to determine the positions GAZeli NEXT ___ zolotoi i serebryanyi prizery chempionata v poslednii den' sorevnovanii kopiya.jpgat the start. The length of the race distance of the second day  221 km, the third day  457 km, the fourth day  260 km. The race finishes in the evening on July 4 at the walls of Astrakhan Kremlin.

Two GAZelle NEXT, competing in the category Raid sport, are steered by the leaders of the Russian championship  brothers Michael and Alexander Kostrukov, the copilots are Oleg Nezhnov and Yevgeny Pavlov. The crew of the GAZelle NEXT T1  the pilot is Vyacheslav Subbotin and copilot  Ramil Zamaletdinov. In the cabins of Sadko NEXT and Sadko there are experienced pilots and copilots from Nizhny Novgorod, Mikhail Shklyaev / Stanislav Dolgov and Boleslav Levitskiy/Vyacheslav Suchkov, the crew of Sobol 4×4  pilot Tatiana Eliseeva and copilot Elena Pravdina.

Tatiana Eliseeva, the pilot of the "GAZ Raid Sport" team, international master of sport  Ive never participated on large sport cars, but had the experience of driving a series Sobol, which I think is a very convenient and reliable car in the class of medium vans. Sport Sobol amazed me with its refined steerability, dynamics and off-road performance. I believe we will fight for the prize in the Great Steppe
Alexey Koptev, director of "GAZ Raid Sport" teamt  We have seriously prepared for this rally-raid and hope to get good results at the finish. Our trucks showed excellent speed, off-road ability and reliability, fighting with the most competitive opponents. Two GAZelle NEXT vehicles go in the lead of the championship; they should try to keep their positions. GAZelle NEXT T1 participates in the competition for the first time, so the task of the vehicles crew is to check the correctness of design solutions used in the preparation of the car, and to reach the finish line on time. As for our female crew I wish them to take advantage of the rich off-road arsenal Sobol 4×4 and beat the male pilots. With the support of our partners, who equipped the team with YaMZ-534 and Cummins ISF 2.8 engines, motor and transmission oils Total, Michelin and BFGoodrich tires, Eaton differential lock systems, the targets are well achievable.


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