G-ENERGY TEAM: Stage eleven – one step away from finish

G-ENERGY TEAM: Stage eleven – one step away from finish

MOBILE LABORATORY: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.

QUOTES: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! ”