Brazilian Stock Cars: Cacá Bueno and Tuka Rocha win in Ribeirão Preto

Round two of the season was the first double-header of the year. Bueno made peace with victory after 20 months of his last; an emotional Tuka wins for the first time in his Stock Car career.

Not even the heavy rain that came to Ribeirão Preto in the final hours of this Sunday morning got in the way of the great crowd that came to the street circuit located at the Industrial District, and thousands of people could watch two great races in the second round of Brazilian Stock Car Championship.

The first double-header of the season brought two different winners and two different situations. The first - and longest - race had the five-time champion Cacá Bueno beating pole sitter Max Wilson for his first victory in 20 months. Next to him at the finish line were local hero Marcos Gomes and Julio Campos.

After a 40-lap-thriller which started with a wet track and the safety car holding everyone up for the first three laps, the crowd could see battles going on everywhere on track. Top-10 drivers would start race 2 in reverse grid position, when the tarmac was already dry.

The problem then was Marcos, who came out of nowhere and made things more difficult, but I could hold on to win the race...

Cacá Bueno

Stock Car regulations determined that any change in the car between the heats should be penalized. Many drivers changed tyres in the end of race one or at the beginning of race two. But both Eurofarma-RC drivers Max Wilson and Ricardo Maurício changed tyres between heats - and were excluded by the race director from the first heat results.

The second race brought a mix of strategies, and those who opted to change to slick tyres at the end of the first one took the lower risk. During the first laps, the top ten had only two drivers using the Pirelli slicks: Tuka Rocha and Sérgio Jimenez - exactly the ones who finished in a one-two order. Átila Abreu performed a stunning recovery to be the third driver to see the chequered flag.

It was a soul-cleansing victory which shows that I have the capacity and the talent to be here.

Tuka Rocha

Tuka Rocha signed his contract with União Química/Bassani Racing only one week prior to the first race in Goiânia, and his sponsorship contract is only up to the first six rounds of the season. In his fifth year in Stock Car racing, it was also Tuka’s first podium finish - and already with a win.

Cacá Bueno is the new series leader

Marcos Gomes lost five points he scored on race two for leaving the pits with the boxes closed

The official results of Brazilian Stock Car round two in Ribeirão Preto changed the Brazilian Stock Car Championship standings, and even its leader. For entering the track with the pit lane closed (article 126.1 of Brazilian Motorracing Sports Code), Marcos Gomes was excluded from heat two results.

His five-points finish scored with a tenth place became zero and now Marcos Gomes dropped to second position on the championship with 31 points. The new series leader is now Cacá Bueno, with 33.

The championship is scheduled to April 26th at the Velopark track, in southern Rio Grande do Sul state.

Drivers’ quotes

Cacá Bueno (winner of heat 1): "I bet the track was going to dry out before the end of race one and that strategy paid out. We choose the dry-track setup and it was tough to keep up with Max, and at the same time I had to save my rear tyres. He opened a five-second gap and as soon I realized the gap wasn’t going to increase any further I decided it was the time to catch him up. When it started to get really dry my setup worked better than his. I made a move on turn 2 but he paid me back, but afterwards he missed a breaking point I could go through. The problem then was Marcos, who came out of nowhere and made things more difficult, but I could hold on to win the race".

Tuka Rocha (winner of heat 2): "It was a soul-cleansing victory which shows that I have the capacity and the talent to be here. I hope this can be a turning point in my career so I can be here for a long time. We will keep working as hard as we can. Things aren’t easy, but I only have to thank and celebrate, because today we are going to party".

Heat 1 - Results:

1. 0 - Cacá Bueno - Red Bull Racing. - 38 voltas em 49min43s932
2. 80 - Marcos Gomes - Voxx Racing Team - + 1s477
3. 4 - Julio Campos - Prati-donaduzzi - + 9s335
4. 21 - Thiago Camilo - Ipiranga-RCM - + 13s527
5. 28 - Galid Osman - Ipiranga-RCM - + 28s413
6. 111 - Rubens Barrichello - Full Time Sports - + 29s786
7. 18 - Allam Khodair - Full Time Sports - + 30s697
8. 46 - Vitor Genz - Boettger Competições - + 31s153
9. 70 - Diego Nunes - Vogel Motorsport - + 36s898
10. 1 - Antonio Pizzonia - Prati-donaduzzi - + 41s866
11. 73 - Sérgio Jimenez - C2 Team - + 1 lap
12. 25 - Tuka Rocha - União Química Racing - + 1 lap
13. 8 - Rafael Suzuki - RZ Motorsport - + 2 laps
14. 110 - Felipe Lapenna - Schin Racing Team - + 2 laps
15. 2 - Rafa Matos - Schin Racing Team - + 2 laps
16. 51 - Átila Abreu - AMG Motorsport - + 2 laps
17. 3 - Bia Figueiredo - União Química Racing - + 3 laps
18. 14 - Luciano Burti - RZ Motorsport - + 4 laps
19. 26 - Raphael Abbate - Hot Car Competições - + 5 laps
20. 72 - Fábio Fogaça - Hot Car Competições - + 6 laps
21. 5 - Denis Navarro - Vogel Motorsport - + 7 laps
22. 12 - Lucas Foresti - AMG Motorsport - + 14 laps
23. 11 - Cesar Ramos - Cavaleiro Racing Sports - + 14 laps
24. 29 - Daniel Serra - Red Bull Racing - + 19 laps
25. 10 - Ricardo Zonta - Shell Racing - + 25 laps
26. 74 - Popó Bueno. Cavaleiro Racing Sports - + 35 laps
27. 90 - Ricardo Maurício - Eurofarma RC - + 10s751*
28. 65 - Max Wilson - Eurofarma RC - + 17s353*
29. 83 - Gabriel Casagrande - C2 Team - + 31s574**
30. 77 - Valdeno Brito - Shell Racing - + 36s314
31. 88 - Felipe Fraga - Voxx Racing Team - + 1 lap
Fastest Lap: Rafa Matos - 1min12s136
*Excluded by changing tyres after the end of race 1
**Excluded for not going to the pits for a previous drive-through penalty

Heat 2 - Results:

1. 25 - Tuka Rocha - União Química Racing - 22 voltas em 30min22s214
2. 73 - Sérgio Jimenez - C2 Team - + 1s223
3. 51 - Átila Abreu - AMG Motorsport - + 2s042
4. 5 - Denis Navarro - Vogel Motorsport - + 8s906
5. 14 - Luciano Burti - RZ Motorsport - + 11s310
6. 111 - Rubens Barrichello - Full Time Sports - + 15s696
7. 46 - Vitor Genz - Boettger Competições - + 15s787
8. 4 - Julio Campos - Prati-donaduzzi - + 16s535
9. 1 - Antonio Pizzonia - Prati-donaduzzi - + 17s039
10. 80 - Marcos Gomes - Voxx Racing Team - + 17s330
11. 83 - Gabriel Casagrande - C2 Team - + 17s743
12. 8 - Rafael Suzuki - RZ Motorsport - + 17s862
13. 18 - Allam Khodair - Full Time Sports - + 20s263
14. 28 - Galid Osman - Ipiranga-RCM - + 42s389
15. 70 - Diego Nunes - Vogel Motorsport - + 1 lap
16. 21 - Thiago camilo - Ipiranga-RCM - + 1 lap
17. 26 - Raphael Abbate - Hot Car Competições - + 2 laps
18. 11 - Cesar Ramos - Cavaleiro Racing Sports - + 10 laps
19. 0 - Cacá Bueno - Red Bull Racing - + 11 laps
20. 10 - Ricardo Zonta - Shell Racing - + 15 laps
21. 72 - Fábio Fogaça - Hot Car Competições - + 15 laps
22. 65 - Max Wilson - Eurofarma RC - + 15 laps
23. 90 - Ricardo Maurício - Eurofarma RC - + 15 laps
24. 74 - Popó Bueno - Cavaleiro Racing Sports - + 15 laps
25. 77 - Valdeno Brito - Shell Racing - + 15 laps
26. 12 - Lucas Foresti - AMG Motorsport - + 15 laps
27. 110 - Felipe Lapenna - Schin Racing Team - + 20 laps
28. 2 - Rafa Matos - Schin Racing Team - + 20 laps

Did not start

29. 88 - Felipe Fraga - Voxx Racing Team -
30. 3 - Bia Figueiredo - União Química Racing -
31. 29 - Daniel Serra - Red Bull Racing -
Fastest Lap: Rubens Barrichello - 1min10s487

Championship Standings:

1. Cacá Bueno - 33 points
2. Marcos Gomes - 31
3. Julio Campos - 29
4. Allam Khodair - 27
5. Sergio Jimenez - 26
6. Thiago Camilo - 25
7. Rubens Barrichello - 24
8. Tuka Rocha - 23
9. Vitor Genz - 21
10. Galid Osman - 20
11. Antonio Pizzonia - 17
12. Átila Abreu - 16
13. Felipe Fraga - 15
14. Diego Nunes - 13
15. Ricardo Mauricio - 12
16. Luciano Burti - 12
17. Denis Navarro - 11
18. Rafael Suzuki - 11
19. Max Wilson - 7
20. Felipe Lapenna - 6
21. Raphael Matos - 5
22. Valdeno Brito - 5
23. Gabriel Casagrande - 5
24. Bia Figueiredo - 3
25. Daniel Serra - 1
26. Raphael Abbate - 1
27. Lucas Foresti - 0
28. Cesar Ramos - 0
29. Alceu Feldmann - 0
30. Ricardo Zonta - 0
31. Fabio Fogaça - 0
32. Popó Bueno - 0
33. Felipe Maluhy - 0

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Series Stock Car Brasil , Stock car
Drivers Luciano Burti , Antonio Pizzonia , Rubens Barrichello , Ricardo Zonta , Max Wilson , Ricardo Maurício , Julio Campos , Bia Figueiredo , Rafa Matos , Daniel Serra , Tuka Rocha , Allam Khodair , Sergio Jimenez , Diego Nunes , Thiago Camilo , Cesar Ramos , Caca Bueno , Lucas Foresti , Rafael Suzuki , Atila Abreu , Galid Osman , Valdeno Brito , Denis Navarro , Fabio Fogaca , Felipe Lapenna , Alceu Feldmann , Popo Bueno , Vitor Genz , Marcos Gomes , Gabriel Casagrande , Felipe Fraga
Article type Race report
Tags amg motorsport, c2 team, prati-donaduzzi, red bull racing, união química racing, voxx racing team