The Sixth Stage of the LADA Granta Cup
The penultimate stage of the LADA Granta Cup took place in Kazan on Setember 17-18. The strongest Tatarstan racers including the President of the Republic Rustam Minnikhanov competed for the Cup at the new Kazan-Ring circuit driving new sport LADA Grantаs. Apart from them, Jordi Gené, a Spanish racing driver who competed in the WTCC, joined the LADA Granta Cup.
Jordi Gené became the best driver in the qualifying races. Pavel Kalmanovich was second in the qualification just 0.1 second behind the Spanish driver.
Several teams had to retire duing the first race of the sixth stage on Saturday. Only seven cars reached the finishing line. The results of the first race of the sixth stage of LADA Granta Cup are as follows: the first place - brothers Yuriy and Mikhail Loboda, who scored 25 points each, the second place – Viktor Shapovalov and Sergey Shalunov, who scored 18 points and 1 additional point for the best lap time, the third place – Dmitry Bragin and Maxim Simonov with 15 points each.
The second race of the LADA Granta Cup sixth stage ended with the victory of Dmitry Bragin and Maxim Simonov. Each driver gained 25 points for their individual ratings. Rustam Minnikhanov and Jordi Gené came in second. The drivers gained 18 points each plus 1 point each for the best lap time. The third to finish was the team of Rustam Akiniyazov and Ilia Kamensky. They scored 15 points each.
Kirill Ladygin maintained his leadership in the individual ratings gaining 179 points after the LADA Granta Cup sixth stage. The second place went to Vyacheslav Maleev with 142 points. The third position was occupied by Loboda brothers, who gained 134 each.
The next and final stage of LADA Granta Cup will take place on October 1-2 in the car’s birthplace – the city of Tolyatti.