Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Felipe Fraga storms to pole position on his final attempt

Championship leader flew through the 3.696-km circuit to take pole position from Ricardo Mauricio under the chequered flag; Marcos Gomes, Rubens Barrichello and Julio Campos close the top-5 in Curitiba for Brazilian V8 Stock Car’s 450th race

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Felipe Fraga storms to pole position on his final attempt
Felipe Fraga
Ricardo Maurício
Rubens Barrichello
Max Wilson in Londrina
Átila Abreu
Átila Abreu
Max Wilson in Londrina
Thiago Camilo
Lucas Foresti
Marcos Gomes
Cacá Bueno
Valdeno Brito
Julio Campos
Rubens Barrichello

The qualifying session that settled the starting grid for Brazilian V8 Stock Cars round nine, in Curitiba, was not full of surprises. However, the pole position could only be known when the clock was stopped in the end of the session. In this scenario, current championship leader Felipe Fraga was the fastest man and took his second pole position this season with a lap time of 1min19s018.

"We used a different strategy and saved to the very last attempt, on the third lap, unlike the other drivers, who gave it all since the first laps. I am glad it worked, because here in Curitiba starting in front is the safest place to be", the Cimed driver reminded.

His lap was 0s099 faster than Ricardo Maurício. The Eurofarma racer, two-time Stock Car champion, held the provisional pole until Fraga’s final lap. "I have an excellent car. The only problem is that we were in the fifth group of drivers (out of eight) to hit the track, when the surface isn’t in its best conditions grip-wise. Anyway, I am pretty confident and looking forward to the races tomorrow", said Maurício.

Marcos Gomes, Rubens Barrichello, Julio Campos, Thiago Camilo, Daniel Serra, Valdeno Brito, Max Wilson and Felipe Lapenna close the top-10 on Brazilian V8 Stock Cars 450th race of its history. The first heat will be 34 laps long and will start at 1 pm (local time); race two have a 10-place reversed grid for 23 laps, starting 2:10 pm.

Qualifying Results:

Position Driver Team Time lap
1 88 Felipe Fraga Cimed Racing 1:19.018 -
2 90 Ricardo Mauricio Eurofarma RC 1:19.117 0.099
3 80 Marcos Gomes Cimed Racing 1:19.129 0.111
4 111 Rubens Barrichello Full Time Sports 1:19.238 0.220
5 4 Julio Campos C2 Axalta Racing 1:19.240 0.222
6 21 Thiago Camilo Ipiranga-RCM 1:19.263 0.245
7 29 Daniel Serra Red Bull Racing 1:19.310 0.292
8 77 Valdeno Brito TMG Racing 1:19.339 0.321
9 65 Max Wilson Eurofarma RC 1:19.363 0.345
10 110 Felipe Lapenna Hot Car Competições 1:19.402 0.384
11 18 Allam Khodair Full Time Sports 1:19.423 0.405
12 10 Ricardo Zonta Shell Racing 1:19.477 0.459
13 12 Lucas Foresti Full Time-ProGP 1:19.538 0.520
14 0 Cacá Bueno Red Bull Racing 1:19.561 0.543
15 70 Diego Nunes União Química Racing 1:19.565 0.547
16 51 Átila Abreu Shell Racing 1:19.576 0.558
17 63 Nestor Girolami Eisenbahn Racing Team 1:19.594 0.576
18 46 Vitor Genz Eisenbahn Racing Team 1:19.620 0.602
19 28 Galid Osman Ipiranga-RCM 1:19.664 0.646
20 73 Sergio Jimenez Cavaleiro Sports 1:19.702 0.684
21 83 Gabriel Casagrande C2 Axalta Racing 1:19.765 0.747
22 9 Guga Lima TMG Racing 1:19.828 0.810
23 5 Denis Navarro Vogel Motorsport 1:19.866 0.848
24 8 Rafael Suzuki Vogel Motorsport 1:20.007 0.989
25 3 Bia Figueiredo União Química Racing 1:20.117 1.099
26 26 Raphael Abbate Hot Car Competições 1:20.367 1.349
27 25 Tuka Rocha RZ Motorsport 1:20.420 1.402
28 56 Danilo Dirani RZ Motorsport 1:20.649 1.631
29 99 Xandynho Negrão Cavaleiro Sports 1:20.956 1.938


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