January 16, 2020 - Thursday
G-ENERGY TEAM: Stage eleven  one step away from finish

STAGE 11 | Shubaytah -> Haradh | Date16.01.2020 | [GMT +3]
Special stage: 379 km | Total stage distance
 744 km | Liaison: 365 km
Weather conditions: 
day +20С, night +7С; wind 6 m/s

The 11th special stage finished on Thursday – the second of the “super marathon” distance and the penultimate in the DAKAR program. The finish line is getting closer, so even the slightest mistake can cost a good result – there is simply no time to fix it.

During the current stage of the DAKAR that is being held in the territory of Saudi Arabia for the first time, the field had to drive 379 competitive kilometers and a 365-kilometer liaison. And only after that all the racing vehicles return to the bivouac in Haradh, where mechanics are waiting, ready to start maintenance and repair.
After the 10th stage, absolutely all participants independently prepared their cars, bikes and quads for today's special stage that again passed through the sands and dunes of the Rub’ al Khali desert.

The first half of the “super marathon” stage was carried out along the route from Haradh to Shubaytah. The second part is the return trip from Shubaytah to Haradh. But despite the coincidence of the end points, the route of the two days is completely different. The field proceeded through the Rub’ al Khali desert in the footsteps of “black gold” seekers who laid the foundations for exploring the region. And the only thing that makes the tracks of two days similar is the fact that they are laid through sands and dunes.

Moreover, the first 80 kilometers of the 379-kilometer special stage are the largest dunes of Saudi Arabia. At the 10th stage, the desert did not obey the participants - the special stage had to be greatly reduced. Today, the drivers and riders have had the second attempt.
Unlike the first part of the marathon special stage, the second turned out to be much calmer – there were no sensations at the finish line. The best time in the Truck standings was set by the race leader Andrey Karginov. Three other KAMAZ-master team drivers finished following him – Dmitry Sotnikov, Anton Shibalov and Eduard Nikolaev. Four Russian team crews finished quite close – their results are in 4 minutes and 18 seconds.

The fifth time was set by the MAZ-SPORTauto team crew of Sergey VYAZOVICH. The Belarusian driver lagged behind the special stage winner by 12 minutes 15 seconds that is a good result, given the previous day breakdowns.
His teammate Alexey VISHNEVSKIY has finished at today's special stage with the 11th result, and Alexander VASILEVSKIY became the 14th, still playing the role of “fast technical vehicle”.

On the eve of the final DAKAR day, Andrey Karginov is leading the race, forty minutes ahead of Anton Shibalov, who is the second. Sergey VYAZOVICH, performing in the bonneted MAZ truck with the G-Energy logo on board, is the third. He loses a little over one hour to Shibalov, and in turn ahead of Dmitry Sotnikov by 57 minutes.
The final DAKAR stage will not be an easy walk to the finish podium – it is a full segment of the distance with the length of 447 kilometers, 374 of which will be competitive ones. Having taken the start in Haradh, the rally-marathon participants will have to get to the entertainment city-park Qiddiya that is being built forty-five kilometers from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

The most important thing for drivers and riders on Friday is to keep their temper and not rush headlong to the attack. It is unlikely to win back any significant lag, but it is very possible to worsen one’s position. Moreover, a variety of road conditions will be presented at the special stage – about half of the route is laid through sands and dunes, a third – on gravel and stones, and the rest the racers will pass on asphalt.
At the end of the twelfth stage, the marathon participants will tackle another test, but its results will not be included in the DAKAR general classification – we are talking about the Qiddiya Grand Prix, the 20-kilometer race.
It will take place from 11:00 to 16:00 local time around the Qiddiya park territory. All DAKAR participants who will be able to get to the rally marathon finish line on their own will start at this race. However, the Dakar Experience standings competitors will not take part in the support race.
One of the most important objects on the Qiddiya territory is the race circuit. Therefore, it is not surprising that eminent circuit drivers and riders were invited as special guests to the Finish ceremony to support the Qiddiya Grand Prix and the DAKAR.

Loris Capirossi, three-time World Champion in motorcycle racing; Damon Hill, Formula 1 World Champion; David Coulthard Formula 1 Vice Champion; Alex Wurz and Nico Hulkenberg, the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon winners, as well as Romain Grosjean, Formula 1 multiple stage winner, will welcome the two-week cross-country marathon participants.
The Ceremonial finish of the DAKAR rally will officially begin at 11:00 – the “Dakar rally village” will officially open. From 12:00 the first participants will start to enter the finish podium. The prize giving ceremony start is scheduled for 19:00. And then the concert program will begin, where finally all the drivers and riders, as well as the technicians of the teams will be able to relax after two busy racing weeks.


The G-Energy mobile laboratory engineers conducted an analysis of oil samples taken from technical support vehicles. It revealed an increased concentration of soot in one of them that may indirectly indicate the fuel equipment malfunction. The MAZ-SPORTauto team mechanics received recommendations on diagnosing and, if necessary, adjusting the fuel system. G-Energy oils used in the technical support vehicles are civilian oils. This is not a specialized racing oil. They work confidently, ensuring uninterrupted operation of units. At the same time, the power units of technical vehicles operate in a heavily loaded mode, because the they carry about 40 tons of cargo. In addition to equipment and spare parts, each vehicle carries a trailer carriage, on which sports trucks are transported before the start of the race and after the finish. 


Sergey Vyazovich, head of the MAZ-SPORTauto team, crew No. 503 driver,
“The marathon stages went not very smooth for us. We had several minor technical breakdowns. As you know, yesterday the wheel started to lower, but as it turned out later, it was a small problem. We found out that the shaft in the compressor broke, and the fuel pump drive comes from the compressor. In 2017, it cost us a place on the podium... The compressor replacement takes more than three hours, we provided a backup system with an electric pump so that we could get to the service. Yesterday we used this system – switched to an electric pump and it allowed us to finish. At the bivouac, we also found that the two rear springs were broken. So we had a night like this: we replaced the compressor; the fuel pump was ok, we changed the rear springs with Alexander Vasilevsky’s truck and took the broken hub tube from the rear wheel of his MAZ. In conditions of minimum number of tools and without the help of mechanics, we completed the repair at about 4 a.m. And today we’ve arrived at a calm pace, as it had been planned. And when we saw that Ales Loprais was standing on the track, we slowed down even more and brought our truck to the finish line. We remain the third in the standings, one day left. We won’t guess future – the last spurt is ahead! ”

Stage 11 statistics
Classification after Leg 11 - Trucks
Classification after 10 Stages - All vehicles
Rally-Guide (*.pdf)
Summary Stage 11
Competitors/ Starters
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Gazpromneft Lubricants Company (Gazpromneft-SM LLC), a Gazprom Neft subsidiary specializing in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and technical fluids. Is partner of the crews of the MAZ-SPORTauto team and the X-RAID G-Energy Team led by Vladimir Vasilyev and Vitaly Evtekhov.
G-Energy is a premium brand of motor oils from Gazprom Neft, designed for the most modern European, American and Japanese cars. The unique adaptive ACF technology used in the oil allows you to enhance the necessary performance properties depending on the engine operating conditions, activating the necessary additives at the right time. Products are manufactured at the Gazpromneft-SM plant in Bari (Italy). Oils are approved by the world’s leading manufacturers (MB, VW, Renault, GM, etc.). In 2013 Gazpromneft-SM was the first company at the Russian market to produce a specialized line of 100% synthetic G-Energy Racing oils, specially designed for professional racing cars and modern sports cars. G-Energy Racing oils provide maximum engine protection against wear, as well as effectively protect its parts from the formation of deposits, maintaining operational properties even at maximum loads typical for racing.
Mobile laboratory is a unique complex that allows to make the rapid oils analysis. It is equipped with three high-tech devices: Fluid Scan IR spectrometer, xSort xRF spectrometer and MiniVisc mini viscometer.   
The Fluid Scan IR spectrometer assesses the degree of the working oil degradation compared to a sample of clean product. It measures the additive package relative depletion and the base number reduction, determines the degree of the product contamination with coolant, water, soot; determines the degree of the product nitration, oxidation, sulfation. The measured values ​​of these indicators allow to diagnose the engine systems condition and assess the degree of the product “aging”.  
The xSF xSort spectrometer shows the content of metals and abrasive contaminants (atmospheric dust) in samples of operating oil. Metals in oil are products of parts wear, indicating elements of additives.   
The viscometer allows to assess the dynamics of changes in the operating oil kinematic viscosity that, in turn, is responsible for ensuring the pressure in the lubrication system and ensuring the required thickness of the oil film on the rubbing, loaded parts. The measured parameters values​​allow to diagnose system failure and engine parts wear, to determine the presence of pollutants, to assess the reserve of the product operational properties.
Gazpromneft – Lubricants (OOO Gazpromneft-SM), a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specializing in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and technical fluids. It was created in November 2007. Products are manufactured at 6 sites in Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production is 600 thousand tons ofhigh-quality oils, lubricants and technical fluids per year. The Omsk Lubricants Plant (OZSM) has the most modern complex in Russia for oils mixing, filling and packaging with a total annual mixing and packing capacity of 300 thousand tons. The system of Gazpromneft - Lubricants management and its production assets complies with the requirements of international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949 and OHSAS 18001. The company products consumers are the largest industrial enterprises; the range includes 600 types of oils and lubricants for all market sectors (over 1500 commodity items). The company products have over 330 approvals from leading manufacturers: KAMAZ, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Renault, General Motors, Cummins, MAN, ZF, Bosch Rexroth, and others. The company also manufactures and sells marine oils. Gazpromneft-SM accounts for 21% of the packaged lubricants market in Russia, and also operates in the CIS and Baltic countries, Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, etc. The company products are represented in 75 countries of the world.
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