In 2017 we are witnessing a rise in popularity of endurance racing in Russia. Alongside with the Russian Endurance Challenge, which can already be called traditional, such events are offered by Oleg Keselman (GT Challenge, which grew up from the Porsche Sport Challenge, starts its first season on May 21 at Moscow Raceway) and Dmitry Avdeenko, whose Endurance Masters series under the banner of Max Power Club had its inaugural round at the same track on April 29.
Sure, the Moscow circuit saw only six cars in four different classes, but the debut can be called a success: practices, qualifying and race were 'packed up' within the same day, while a 2-hour format of the race itself (which, nevertheless, provided three obligatory pit stops) allowed to see all of the cars at the finish. To make the track busy all the time, the event was organised together with track days, which saw some really catchy cars in action. As a pleasant bonus - a very friendly and warm atmosphere, usual for the amateur series.
The first victory in the history of Endurance Masters came to a crew of Stepan Krumilov and Maxim Vasiliev at the wheel of a BMW M3 prepared in Moscow-based Vintic&Shpuntic workshop, who scored 53 laps within 2 hours.
Hopefully, three similar series running in parallel will not lead to a small number of entries in each of them in the future, but, on the opposite, will allow the drivers to participate in endurance races more often.