They were newcomers to the circuit in 2015 but made a very impressive debut, winning many races and from the very outset proving themselves to be serious contenders. 2016 was the second season in the class for Russian owner-driver Vladimir Liubomirov and his Bronenosec team, which has a strong Italian-Russian mix, but enjoys a truly cosmopolitan team line up. Briton Adrian Stead came in for the season to complement tactician and project manager, Michele Ivaldi. The duo alternated roles later in the season but the choice to have a strategist and tactician playing equal roles has worked for them, enhancing their starting and boat-on-boat abilities in particular. Bronenosec could match any team on their day. In 2016, they won races and finished second in Portals but also suffered from a few off days ultimately finishing sixth overall.
The team of super keen Russian-enthusiast, owner-driver Vladimir Liubomirov have a hull sister to Azzurra, Botin & Partners design which is King Marine built and the programme is run by the very experienced Michele Ivaldi. The Gazprom supported team are active in the RC44 class also and previously sailed in the Extreme 40s and Swan 60s and so the core group are well rehearsed, and a tight unit.