The Stock-Car season started in Brazil, this weekend in Curitiba, with the first round of the Brazilian Stock-Car V8 Championship and Stock-Car Light Championship. In the V8 series, Chico Serra, reigining champion, won the race after starting...
The Stock-Car season started in Brazil, this weekend in Curitiba, with the first round of the Brazilian Stock-Car V8 Championship and Stock-Car Light Championship.
In the V8 series, Chico Serra, reigining champion, won the race after starting from pole and having luck when he crashed with Xandy Negrão and still managed to get back to the track.
The race had 34 cars starting at the Raul Boesel Circuit, east of Curitiba, and the track used for this race is almost an oval, with only one kink to the left. All the other corners are to the right. The race was broadcasted live by TV Globo, the largest Brazilian TV channel.
Second place went to Beto Giorgi, a fast driver from São Paulo, who was the only driver, beside Negrão, to keep pace with Chico Serra. Third place went to the local driver Alceu Feldmann, Serra's team mate in WB Motorsport.
The deciding moment of the race was 4 laps from the end, when Xandy lost the braking point after hitting an oil patch and was managing to keep the car on track. Chico Serra came from behind, a lot faster, and couldn't stop his car, sending Negrão into the gravel with a broken wheel.
Raul Boesel managed to finish 6th after he started back in the grid in his first race in Brazil since 1985.
In the Lights race, last series in the ladder before reaching the V8 series, victory went surprisingly to Alexandre Conill, from Brasília, followed by Thiago Marques (brother from F-1 driver Tarso Marques) and André Bragantini Jr.
The best driver on track was Bragantini Jr., who made a bad start after starting from the outside of the front row and crossed the first lap in 14th place. With a Safety-Car free race, Bragantini Jr. had a tough time making it up to the front, but managed to finish third, less than 5 seconds from the winner.
Stock-Car V8 Results - Curitiba 42 laps on the oval - Total of 70 Miles
1) Chico Serra, 39m20s513; 2) Beto Giorgi, a 2s521; 3) Alceu Feldman, a 26s949; 4) Antônio Jorge Neto, a 39s826; 5) Carlos Alves, a 40s017; 6) Rogério Motta, a 40s435; 7) Ricardo Etchenique, a 53s921; 8) Raul Boesel, a 55s750; 9) Augusto Falletti, a 1min04s028; 10) Neto de Nigris, a 1min07s238.
Best Lap: Alceu Feldmann, 51s993, média de 185,560 km/h.
Stock-Car Lights Results - Curitiba 43 laps on the oval - Total of 71,4 Miles
1 Alexandre Conill (DF) - 40m03s589 2 Thiago Marques (PR) a 00s173 3 André Bragantini Jr. (SP) a 04s607 4 Bruno Santos (PE) a 44s355 5 Pedro Gomes (SP) a 1 lap 6 Mario Moreira Neto (SP) a 1 lap 7 Marco Medeiros (SP) a 1 lap 8 Carlos Gomes (SP) a 1 lap 9 Wilson Valentini (RS) a 1 lap 10 Fausto Martello (SP) a 1 lap