Carnival and World Cup Winner come to A1GP as Team Brasil celebrate strong fourth place As A1 Team Brasil is away from home during the country's carnival celebrations, the team brought the carnival to A1GP for round six of the A1GP World Cup of...
Carnival and World Cup Winner come to A1GP as Team Brasil celebrate strong fourth place
As A1 Team Brasil is away from home during the country's carnival celebrations, the team brought the carnival to A1GP for round six of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Eastern Creek in Australia. A traditional Brazilian band and dancers were on hand to cheer for the team on the grid for the feature race, as was 2002 FIFA World Cup winning Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who is currently playing for Sydney FC. There were definitely celebrations for the team after Sergio Jimenez brought the Brasil car home fourth in the feature race, the team's second-best result of the season. He scored points in both races and, as a result, Team Brasil move up to ninth in the championship.
In this morning's action-packed 14-lap sprint race, Sergio began from 11th on the grid. He lost positions to Ireland and the Czech Republic following the rolling start, but there was all to play for when heavy rainfall began six laps into the race. On lap eight Canada's Robbie Wickens passed Sergio, putting Team Brasil down to 14th, but Sergio was soon back up to 11th as several cars made the gamble to switch to wet tyres. On lap ten Sergio moved up to tenth after Team Ireland spun, and following another spin from Team Switzerland, Brasil was sitting in ninth. On the final lap of the race Sergio passed the Netherlands and crossed the line on slick tyres in the rain in eighth position, collecting three championship points.
Heavy rainfall began just moments before the start of the feature race, and carried on throughout the entire 45 laps, causing huge spray and limited visibility. Despite the car being on an intermediate rather than full wet set-up, Sergio made a fantastic start from ninth and, by the second corner, had moved up to fourth place behind Switzerland, GBR and South Africa. The team made their compulsory pitstops on laps 9 and 28, and remained in a strong fourth place after the final pitstop round. After a steady final stint, Sergio crossed the line in fourth, collecting eight points and recording the team's second best result of the season.
A1 Team Brasil has now moved up to ninth in the championship with 38 points. The A1GP action will continue in a fortnight's time when round seven of the championship takes place at the Durban street track in South Africa.
Sergio Jimenez: "It was a very hard feature race but we're really happy with the result. It rained a lot a couple of hours before the start but then it stopped and started to warm up. We started with wet tyres as the track was still damp, but we decided to switch to an intermediate rather than wet set-up. Then it started to rain heavily so to get fourth on a dry set-up is not bad at all. I made a very good start, moving from ninth right to fighting at the front on the first corner. The pace was good and it was a good result for us. Again, we need to work on qualifying because I'm pretty sure we could be on the podium at all races. We scored points in both races again and we need to be consistently scoring points to head for the top six or seven in championship."
-credit: team brasil