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Renault's Petrov to thrill home fans in Russia 16 Jul 2010

Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 11 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 10 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 11 July 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010

Russian fans will get a taste of Formula One racing this weekend when local hero and Renault driver Vitaly Petrov heads to Moscow for a series of demonstrations on the streets of the Russian capital.

Renault will take their three-seater Formula One car to the annual Moscow City Racing event, which will give Petrov his first opportunity to drive an F1 car in his home country. And with two passenger seats available, some lucky guests will also get the rare chance to experience the thrill of Formula One power.

The event, on July 18, will take place on a temporary 4.5-kilometre circuit built around Red Square, near the walls of the Kremlin in the heart of Moscow. With excellent viewing opportunities, it’s a rare chance for Russian fans to experience the sight and sound of a Formula One car being put through its paces.

“I’m really excited to be going to Moscow - it will be my first chance to drive an F1 car in Russia and the first time on the streets of a city,” Petrov said. “The Russian fans don’t usually have the chance to see an F1 car up close so I will do my best to put on a special show. It’s also a good chance for me to thank the fans for all the support they have given me this year.”

Petrov will also be making several appearances around Moscow in the build up to this spectacular event. He’ll try his hand at making sushi at a Bridgestone event on Friday before heading to Red Square on Saturday for an autograph session at GUM, Moscow’s biggest department store.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a chance for the media to test their driving skills against Petrov in a special go-kart challenge in Volgogradsky Prospect. The event will also be open to aspiring Russian racing drivers, giving them the opportunity to compete against their Formula One hero. Before leaving Russia, Petrov will also pay a visit to Lada’s headquarters in Togliatti on the Monday.

The Moscow City Racing event marks the third time the Renault Roadshow has visited Russia. In 2005 the team took their cars to Moscow for one of the very first Roadshow events, while just last year the team staged a spectacular show on the streets of Sochi.