Brazilian Stock Cars: Marcos Gomes leads FP1 in Curitiba
GT ace Laurens Vanthoor put himself up to speed and finished the day in P7, two positions in front of his teammate Daniel Serra.
After a test session on Thursday, when the drivers got used to new brake pads introduced by the championship organization, the Friday was the day to start working on car setups for the races that will be held on Sunday in Curitiba. The first practice session had Marcos Gomes in front with 1min18s682. Current second-placed driver in the standings, Gomes was 0s159 quicker than Valdeno Brito. Both of the drivers hit the track on group two, when the track was better. Thiago Camilo was third even making his best lap time on group one.
"It was a very productive day. The car started in a good shape even with worn tyres, and when we put the new set, I ended up with a good laptime. I think Valdeno used a set of new tyres as well, and if Thiago didn’t, he had quite a good set. They are really fast this weekend and let’s see what else we can improve in the car", said Gomes. Ricardo Zonta and Sérgio Jimenez closed the top-5 of the session.
Red Bull Racing is also leading the teams championship, so it is a great responsibility and I feel glad that they have this confidence in me.
Laurens Vanthoor, who is replacing a suspended Cacá Bueno - the current championship leader - finish the day in seventh position, 0s637 away from P1, but 0s028 faster than his teammate at Red Bull Racing, Daniel Serra.
"It was a good day. Every time I hit the track I feel more comfortable with the car, which is a bit different to the one I am more used to in Blancpain Endurance Series. The track is very interesting and I like today’s result, mainly because I am competing against the best drivers in Brazil and they know this track by heart", says the Belgian driver.
"My goal is to stand in the top-10 on qualifying and, of course, the more in front, the better. As I said before, being invited to replace Cacá (Bueno) is an honour, because he is the leader of the standings and a five-time champion. Red Bull Racing is also leading the teams championship, so it is a great responsibility and I feel glad that they have this confidence in me".
This Saturday the drivers go to the track for FP2 and qualifying session.
|1||80||Marcos Gomes||Peugeot||Voxx Racing Team||1:18.682||-|
|2||77||Valdeno Brito||Chevrolet||Shell Racing||1:18.841||0.159|
|4||10||Ricardo Zonta||Chevrolet||Shell Racing||1:19.198||0.516|
|5||73||Sergio Jimenez||Chevrolet||C2 Team||1:19.202||0.520|
|7||91||Laurens Vanthoor||Chevrolet||Red Bull Racing||1:19.319||0.637|
|8||90||Ricardo Mauricio||Chevrolet||Eurofarma RC||1:19.325||0.643|
|9||29||Daniel Serra||Chevrolet||Red Bull Racing||1:19.347||0.665|
|10||51||Átila Abreu||Chevrolet||AMG Motorsport||1:19.356||0.674|
|11||70||Diego Nunes||Chevrolet||Vogel Motorsport||1:19.357||0.675|
|12||111||Rubens Barrichello||Chevrolet||Full Time Sports||1:19.382||0.700|
|14||2||Raphael Matos||Peugeot||Schin Racing Team||1:19.440||0.758|
|15||5||Denis Navarro||Chevrolet||Vogel Motorsport||1:19.502||0.820|
|16||83||Gabriel Casagrande||Chevrolet||C2 Team||1:19.527||0.845|
|17||18||Allam Khodair||Chevrolet||Full Time Sports||1:19.539||0.857|
|18||65||Max Wilson||Chevrolet||Eurofarma RC||1:19.620||0.938|
|19||88||Felipe Fraga||Peugeot||Voxx Racing Team||1:19.631||0.949|
|21||8||Rafael Suzuki||Chevrolet||RZ Motorsport||1:19.719||1.037|
|22||72||Fabio Fogaça||Chevrolet||Hot Car Competições||1:19.741||1.059|
|23||110||Felipe Lapenna||Peugeot||Schin Racing Team||1:19.934||1.252|
|24||3||Bia Figueiredo||Peugeot||União Química Racing||1:19.999||1.317|
|25||74||Popó Bueno||Peugeot||Cavaleiro Racing Sports||1:20.007||1.325|
|26||46||Vitor Genz||Peugeot||Boettger Competições||1:20.055||1.373|
|27||11||Cesar Ramos||Peugeot||Cavaleiro Racing Sports||1:20.072||1.390|
|28||26||Raphael Abbate||Chevrolet||Hot Car Competições||1:20.126||1.444|
|29||12||Lucas Foresti||Chevrolet||AMG Motorsport||1:20.233||1.551|
|30||25||Tuka Rocha||Peugeot||União Química Racing||1:20.278||1.596|
|31||14||Luciano Burti||Chevrolet||RZ Motorsport||1:20.290||1.608|
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