Rain in Goiânia: The perfect stage to good races and the wins of Rubens Barrichello and Átila Abreu

Felipe Fraga stays ahead in the championship, but his advantage dropped from 44 points to 29 over Barrichello

Goiânia (GO)  - The tenth round of Brazilian V8 Stock Cars has brought an ingredient the series have not seen since April 2015: racing on a wet track. The usually hot Goiânia spiced things up a little, putting the drivers to prove themselves on those conditions. The winners this Sunday afternoon were Rubens Barrichello, from the Medley Full Time team, and Átila Abreu, who scored his first win for the Shell Racing squad.

The championship leaders raced against each other on the first heat. Pole sitter Rubens Barrichello had to stay ahead of Felipe Fraga to shorten his points distance from the leader. Fraga tried to overtake the 44-year old driver, but Barrichello managed to keep his front to win for the third time this season - although his other two wins were on the second heats.

They continued racing each other on race two, and Rubens got a solid fifth place without refueling - Fraga, on the other hand, stopped on the final lap out of fuel when he was second.

"Now it is all about calculations", said Rubens. "To be P1 and P5 at the same weekend is a great result. My team told me to win the first one saving fuel - like it was easy", he laughed. This saving, though, was the key for him to score the record of 40 points, while Fraga only took 25 in Goiânia. In the standings, Rubens reduced the gap from 44 to 29 points chasing the lead.

Valdeno Brito scored another solid third place, while Marcos Gomes, Diego Nunes, Julio Campos, Daniel Serra, Nestor Girolami, Átila Abreu and Lucas Foresti closed the top-10 driver who started race two in reversed order.

The rain continued when the green flag waved. Foresti, starting from pole, got off the track in turn one, opening the path to Átila Abreu. The Shell Racing driver opened a three-second gap over Nestor Girolami, who had Red Bull’s Daniel Serra breathing down his neck for almost all the race distance.

A good battle was set up from P3 to P10 involving Serra, Fraga, Nunes, Brito, Campos, Barrichello, Gomes and Camilo - the only one who pitted for fuel on race one among the top-10. With no need to pit again, his goal was to push while the others had to save.

The final two laps were pure agony for the frontrunners. Girolami, in second, stopped out of fuel; Fraga, the new second placed driver, got out of the race as well on the final lap - the same happened to Valdeno Brito and others.

Átila Abreu, Diego Nunes and Rubens Barrichello were the "best fuel savers" of the race. Átila won for the first time this season; Thiago Camilo came second and Nunes got third. Max Wilson came fourth, with Barrichello P5.

"It was highly dramatic, because after race one we knew we need four or five more liters of gasoline to finish race two. A safety car could make things easier, but it did not come. I managed a good saving pace, but when I saw Girolami pulling out of the track with no fuel, my heart stopped", he said.

"My dashboard pointed there was no fuel whatsoever and I drove praying to God to avoid that to happen to me. It worked. I am really happy, because it has been a tough season for us. I am thankful to the whole team, who did a fantastic job and never stopped believing in us", Abreu finished. Galid Osman, Marcos Gomes, Vitor Genz, Guga Lima and newcomer Guilherme Salas were the top-10 finishers.

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars heads to its penultimate round at the Minas Gerais state brand-new race track, the ‘Circuito dos Cristais’, in the city of Curvelo, on November 20th.

Race 1

Position Car # Driver Team Time/Gap
1 111 Rubens Barrichello Full Time Sports 48min00s997
2 88 Felipe Fraga Cimed Racing 3s822
3 77 Valdeno Brito TMG Racing 8s930
4 80 Marcos Gomes Cimed Racing 17s375
5 70 Diego Nunes União Química Racing 24s161
6 4 Julio Campos C2 Axalta Racing 27s662
7 29 Daniel Serra Red Bull Racing 28s655
8 63 Nestor Girolami Eisenbahn Racing Team 30s064
9 51 Átila Abreu Shell Racing 33s618
10 12 Lucas Foresti Full Time-ProGP 35s931
11 25 Tuka Rocha RZ Motorsport 37s423
12 46 Vitor Genz Eisenbahn Racing Team 50s859
13 21 Thiago Camilo Ipiranga-RCM 52s406
14 99 Xandynho Negrão Cavaleiro Sports 54s589
15 3 Bia Figueiredo União Química Racing 55s266
16 28 Galid Osman Ipiranga-RCM 1min18s592
17 83 Gabriel Casagrande C2 Axalta Racing 1min31s232
18 9 Guga Lima TMG Racing 1 lap
19 8 Rafael Suzuki Vogel Motorsport 1 lap
20 117 Guilherme Salas RZ Motorsport 1 lap
21 65 Max Wilson Eurofarma RC 4 laps
22 0 Cacá Bueno Red Bull Racing 7 laps
23 26 Raphael Abbate Hot Car Competições DNF
24 10 Ricardo Zonta Shell Racing DNF
25 5 Denis Navarro Vogel Motorsport DNF
26 73 Sergio Jimenez Cavaleiro Sports DNF
27 110 Felipe Lapenna Hot Car Competições DNF
28 18 Allam Khodair Full Time Sports DNF
29 90 Ricardo Mauricio Eurofarma RC DNF

Race 2

Position Car # Driver Team Time/Gap
1 51 Átila Abreu Shell Racing 31min41s529
2 21 Thiago Camilo Ipiranga-RCM 1s825
3 70 Diego Nunes União Química Racing 6s473
4 65 Max Wilson Eurofarma RC 10s351
5 111 Rubens Barrichello Full Time Sports 10s566
6 10 Ricardo Zonta Shell Racing 11s614
7 28 Galid Osman Ipiranga-RCM 12s613
8 80 Marcos Gomes Cimed Racing 14s612
9 46 Vitor Genz Eisenbahn Racing Team 16s142
10 9 Guga Lima TMG Racing 17s119
11 117 Guilherme Salas RZ Motorsport 19s913
12 73 Sergio Jimenez Cavaleiro Sports 22s241
13 8 Rafael Suzuki Vogel Motorsport 23s072
14 110 Felipe Lapenna Hot Car Competições 23s146
15 5 Denis Navarro Vogel Motorsport 24s314
16 29 Daniel Serra Red Bull Racing 40s024
17 25 Tuka Rocha RZ Motorsport 1min09s148
18 99 Xandynho Negrão Cavaleiro Sports 1min19s239
19 88 Felipe Fraga Cimed Racing 1 Lap
20 4 Julio Campos C2 Axalta Racing 1 Lap
21 77 Valdeno Brito TMG Racing 1 Lap
22 3 Bia Figueiredo União Química Racing 1 Lap
23 12 Lucas Foresti Full Time-ProGP 1 Lap
24 63 Nestor Girolami Eisenbahn Racing Team 2 Laps
25 0 Cacá Bueno Red Bull Racing DNF
26 83 Gabriel Casagrande C2 Axalta Racing DNF

Championship Standings

1-) Felipe Fraga, 252 points
2-) Rubens Barrichello, 223
3-) Valdeno Brito, 189
4-) Marcos Gomes, 165
5-) Diego Nunes, 159
6-) Max Wilson, 159
7-) Daniel Serra, 157
8-) Vitor Genz, 149
9-) Átila Abreu, 146
10-) Cacá Bueno, 138
11-) Allam Khodair, 137
12-) Ricardo Mauricio, 135
13-) Thiago Camilo, 123
14-) Galid Osman, 113
15-) Julio Campos, 108
16-) Ricardo Zonta, 108
17-) Sergio Jimenez, 101
18-) Gabriel Casagrande, 73
19-) Rafael Suzuki, 72
20-) Denis Navarro , 71
21-) Nestor Girolami, 71
22-) Guga Lima, 71
23-) Lucas Foresti, 65
24-) Raphael Abbate, 64
25-) Felipe Guimarães, 51
26-) Bia Figueiredo, 50
27-) Popó Bueno, 46
28-) Felipe Lapenna, 41
29-) Tuka Rocha, 36
30-) Danilo Dirani, 30
31-) Xandynho Negrão, 22
32-) Luciano Burti, 11
33-) Guilherme Salas, 6
34-) Fabio Carbone, 2
35-) Alceu Feldman, 0
36-) Thiago Marques, 0
37-) Beto Cavaleiro, 0
38-) Cezar Ramos, 0

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Series Stock Car Brasil
Event Goiânia II
Sub-event Sunday
Track Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Max Wilson , Daniel Serra , Diego Nunes , Caca Bueno , Atila Abreu , Valdeno Brito , Vitor Genz , Marcos Gomes , Felipe Fraga
Article type Race report