A1 Team Brasil was in action today at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia for round seven of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. It was a day of mixed fortunes as Tuka Rocha was forced to retire from the sprint race with a mechanical failure, but...
A1 Team Brasil was in action today at the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia for round seven of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. It was a day of mixed fortunes as Tuka Rocha was forced to retire from the sprint race with a mechanical failure, but put in a great drive in the feature race to recover from a 21st position starting place to his eventual 11th place finish.
In this morning's 20-minute feature race, Tuka started 20th after a disappointing qualifying session yesterday. He made a good start, moving up a position past Team Lebanon and then gained two further positions, passing Teams South Africa and Indonesia. Unfortunately, the Team Brasil car was suffering from a problem, which had also hampered qualifying, and Tuka experienced a sudden drop in fuel pressure, which got so bad he was unable to continue.
The retirement meant Tuka had to start the 70-minute feature race from 21st on the grid. He made an outstanding start, and by the end of the first lap was in 12th position, and then gained a further position on lap seven, and by lap eight was in tenth position, after passing team Italy. After the round of pitstops, Tuka was in 11th position and set upon pursuing tenth placed Team Great Britain. Although he put enormous pressure on GBR's Robbie Kerr, especially in the closing laps of the race, he was unable to pass, and crossed the line in 11th. However, after suffering set-up problems all weekend, the team was happy that Tuka was able to maintain competitive lap-times and keep the pressure on the frontrunners.
Tuka Rocha: "I had a great start, like all the races I've done and then after that I just kept pushing and I was actually impressed because the whole race I kept the lap times the same level as the guys in front of me. That was really important, because it showed we have made some progress and improvements. However, we still have something very wrong with the car. The guys in front of me just slide through the corners, and my car just moves around too much. Before the next race in Durban we will be analyzing everything, making a lot of changes and rebuilding the car because we are sure something is wrong."
-credit: team brasil