“I can characterise the results of the race as very satisfying. Throughout the weekend, crew number 15 was haunted by serious technical problems, so the fact that we managed to achieve nice time results in both qualification rounds was rather good luck. Despite a bad starting-grid position in the second stage, Vasily Gryazin managed to race ahead to a very comfortable fourth place, thereby making a big backlog for me, whilst I tried to keep up with the set pace,” Boris Shulmeyster commented on the race. “I’d particularly like to mention that I really liked my partner Vasily Gryazin’s performance because, being a rally professional, he participated in circuit racing for the first time and proved to be a real fighter.”
“In general, we are satisfied with the results achieved. Our main goal was to check the crew’s integration within the team, because both team members and crew compositions have undergone some significant transformations during the off-season. Conclusion: with the new line-up, our team is able to win the cup, which will not be easy though due to an increased number of formidable opponents in this season. In fact, the Lada Granta Cup mostly involves Russia’s best professional racers. But our team’s great tempo, shown as early as in the first stage, can be seen as optimistic,” – noted Rustam Akiniazov.
The first stage of the Lada Granta Cup took place together with the fifth stage of the World Touring Car Championship and the second stage of Russian Racing Championship. The Cup’s schedule includes six more stages with the nearest taking place on 6-7 July 2013 in Krasnoyarsk on the Krasnoye Koltso (“Red Ring”) track, which is new for the Lada Granta Cup.
The Aeroexpress Racing Team’s media partners include the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station, Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper and Autosport.com.ru.
The Aeroexpress Racing Team’s sponsors: Aeroexpress, LLC; AKB MOSOBLBANK; RailTransAvto, and Komponent company.
Aeroexpress Racing team was created in 2011 and debuted in Russia’s Lada Granta Cup racing series. For two seasons now, the team has firmly settled among the Cup’s main leaders and odds-on favourites. The team’s crews include experienced auto racers and Russian motorsport stars.
In 2013, the Aeroexpress Racing Team will once again fight for the victory in the Lada Granta Cup and will be represented by two crews (Mikhail Loboda and Rustam Akiniazov; Boris Shulmeyster and Nikolay Gryazin). Together with Boris Shulmeyter, Vasily Gryazin will take part in the cup’s first stages in place of his brother Nikolay.
The LADA Granta Cup is the AvtoVAZ racing series for road circuit racing, involving Russian motor racing stars.
The championship involves a special sports version of LADA Granta cars, prepared for the competition by Russia’s best engineers from the company TMS-Sport. Racing cars are equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine with a maximum capacity of 235hp, sequential gearbox, and reinforced suspension.