How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams
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How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

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The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

One World Endurance Championship crown, three European Le Mans Series titles and two Asian Le Mans Series successes. G-Drive Racing has been one of the benchmarks in the LMP2 category for the past decade, and has an overflowing trophy cabinet to prove it. The team has also linked up with Russian luxury automotive brand Aurus and has big plans for the future.

It’s almost 18 years since current managing director Roman Rusinov, fresh from his Euro 3000 single-seater season, got his first taste of international sportscar racing as he stepped into a factory Courage C65 for the end-of-season Le Mans 1000Km, the event that would give birth to the contest we now know as the European Le Mans Series. And while that race was won overall by Seiji Ara and Tom Kristensen in an Audi R8 LMP900, the brand-new Courage finished fourth overall and won the smaller LMP675 class. “It was a crazy race with crazy autumn weather, but I knew this was a magical place,” recalls Rusinov.

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