“Smolensk Ring”, Smolensk
Many motorsport lovers gathered today at the Smolensk Ring circuit to witness thrilling battles in four different racing classes - European Truck Racing Championship, Russian LADA Granta Cup, Legends and Formula Russia.
Vladimir Sheshenin (#77 Syzran Racing Team) took the start first in the LADA Granta Cup race, followed by Pavel Kalmanovich (#17 AUTOVAZ PROO), Dmitry Bragin (#4 Syzran Racing Team) started third. First several minutes of the race saw an intense struggle for positions, then Dmitry Bragin took the lead, pushing his teammate Vladimir Sheshenin back to the second place. The third and fourth places were shared by the 2 AUTOVAZ PROO teams.
Pavel Kalmanovich was given a drive-through penalty for triple marker touch on the 14th minute of the race. After the penalty Pavel came back to the race in the last position. However, he quickly managed to move 4 positions up. After the mandatory pit stop Alexandr Kobenko gained one position more and as a result car #17 came in fifth. Team #14 Dudukalo/Chaban was able to maintain the third position until the finish.
The individual event leader Nikita Misyulya started from the 8th postiton in the middle of the peloton and after aggressive attacks on his opponents eventually moved up to the fourth position.
On the 11th lap Yuriy Loboda retired from the race early due to a technical failure, on the 22nd lap team #7 (Akiniyazov/М. Loboda, Aeroexpress) was forced to exit the race for technical reasons.
Eventually, Dmitry Bragin and Maxim Simonov took the first prize, Vladimir Sheshenin and Sergey Shalunov came in second and the bronze went to Alexey Dudukalo and Alexey Chaban. Syzran Racing Team won the Team Cup first place.