Gazprom to back Volkswagen Motorsport from May

Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom has become an exclusive supplier to Volkswagen Motorsport, with the deal set to begin this May.

Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom has become an exclusive supplier to Volkswagen Motorsport, with the deal set to begin this May.

Gazprom Germania, the company's German division, will provide NGV fuel for Volkswagen's one-make Scirocco R-Cup series.

The series features nine races and 25 drivers and has a focus on promoting eco-friendly motorsport.

“We warmly welcome Gazprom as a new partner of Scirocco R-Cup. Volkswagen has always prioritised environmentally clean and energy efficient motorsport," said Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of the Volkswagen management board.

"As part of this partnership, two major players of the gas market have united their efforts. Volkswagen succeeded in making gas-powered cars. I am happy about the future cooperation."

The deal was announced on Tuesday at the Hannover Industrial Fair.