22 de Novembro de 2016 - 10h29

Felipe Fraga and Ricardo Maurício are the first Stock Car winners in Minas Gerais

Crowded grandstands, sunny Sunday and two heats filled with different strategies; Fraga now 37 points ahead in front with only one race to go
Felipe Fraga and Ricardo Maurício are the first Stock Car winners in Minas Gerais Foto: Fernanda Freixosa/Vicar

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars made it debut the past weekend in the state of Minas Gerais. The ‘Circuito dos Cristais’ in Curvelo, with its challenging features, produced two very well balanced races this sunny Sunday. Packed grandstands with a total of 42,000 people watched Felipe Fraga win for the fifth time this season, and extend his championship lead to 37 points over Rubens Barrichello. On race two, Ricardo Maurício won for the first time this season after taking victory a hundred meters before the finish line.

Race one started and the battle for the lead was summarized between Fraga and Barrichello in the first ten laps, when the duo swapped positions four times. Then, Felipe’s teammate Marcos Gomes made a move on the 2014 champion to take second place. Barrichello, then, was overtaken by his teammate Allam Khodair and dropped to fourth.

While Fraga was not bothered by his Cimed Racing colleague, Barrichello settled behind Khodair in a clear strategy to save fuel and avoid a pit stop on race two. In the final laps, the #111 made a move on his Full Time teammate to get the final podium position.

As for Fraga, his fifth win this season - all of them clinched on race one -, and he praised the work of his team, who had also put him on pole position on Saturday.

"It was a calm race from our side. Only in the restart I think my push to pass button didn’t work, and Barrichello got past. Then I had to get my position back. I have to thank the whole team and Marcos as well for the great team work. I really enjoyed racing in this new track", Felipe Fraga said.

After the podium, all thoughts were on the second (and shorter) race of the day. The big question was the safety car: if it had to intervene, then everyone who hadn’t pitted in race one would be able to save fuel.

Well, it did not. Rubens Barrichello moved up to third in the beginning, and ahead of him were, fighting for the lead, Diego Nunes and Átila Abreu. With four laps to go, the leaders went together to the pits. Barrichello took the lead with a good advantage on Julio Campos.

Ricardo Maurício, who started race one from the pits, had a better pace and was followed by a refueled Tuka Rocha moving up into the field. Campos had to lift if he wanted to finish - he did, in P8 -, and while Maurício and Rocha kept fighting, Rubens could still save some more gasoline.

However, they soon joined the leader. With a lap more of fuel in his tank, the Eurofarma-RC driver went on to take the lead from the Medley-Full Time racer. Barrichello managed to keep him behind in an extraordinary way, but after they left the last corner to the chequered flag, the leading car lost speed. Barrichello was out of fuel a hundred meters from the finish line.

"Starting from the pits gave me this extra lap of fuel", Ricardo Maurício stated. "I had to start last due to a penalty, so we have chosen to start from the pits. This way we did not do the formation lap, saving three of four liters of gasoline", he explained. Tuka Rocha took his second Stock Car podium after finishing second for the RZ Motorsport team, with Red Bull’s Daniel Serra third.

For Barrichello, a flashback: he went through the same situation at the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix in 1995, when he was third until the last corner when his Jordan-Peugeot stopped on the track. In Curvelo, he still managed to complete the race in 11th, saving precious points.

"I saved a lot, and I think nobody got to the end. I almost did it", he said. "Nowadays the other drivers are calling this work of saving fuel ‘The Rubens Strategy’, which is very cool to be recognized in this fashion. It is a shame we did not win, but we missed it by very little", Rubens said.

Ricardo Maurício confirmed Barrichello’s words. "He is a master in saving fuel; he managed to save much more than the other drivers. His car failed in the last corner and I could win", he told.

Now, Brazilian V8 Stock Cars heads to Interlagos for the final race. There will be 60 points at stake. Felipe Fraga have a 37-point advantage on the F1 veteran (282 to 245). The 2016 champion will be known on December 11th.

Race 1 - Result*:
1-) 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) - 24 laps in 47min46s344 (133,2 kph)
2-) 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) - a 0s979
3-) 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time Sports) - a 3s614
4-) 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) - a 5s937
5-) 51 Átila Abreu (Shell Racing) - a 10s374
6-) 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 12s906
7-) 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 16s640
8-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 20s319
9-) 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 25s020
10-) 70 Diego Nunes (União Química Racing) - a 25s606
11-) 117 Guilherme Salas (RZ Motorsport) - a 27s206
12-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma RC) - a 28s470
13-) 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) - a 30s636
14-) 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) - a 31s690
15-) 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 33s816
16-) 0 Cacá Bueno Red Bull Racing) - a 1min01s550
17-) 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) - a 1min02s533
18-) 25 Tuka Rocha (RZ Motorsport) - a 1min16s172
19-) 3 Bia Figueiredo (União Química Racing) - a 1 lap
20-) 99 Xandynho Negrão (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 2 laps
21-) 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competições) - a 5 laps
DID NOT FINISH
22-) 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) - a 17 laps
23-) 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) - a 18 laps
24-) 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competições) - a 16 laps
25-) 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) - a 8 laps
26-) 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 4 laps
27-) 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 1 lap
28-) 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) - a 1 lap
29-) 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) - excluded
FASTEST LAP: Marcos Gomes, 1min52s814 (141,0 kph)
*Results subject to official confirmation by the stewards

Race 2 - Result*:
1-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma-RC ) - 16 laps in 30min48s889 (137,6 kph)
2-) 25 Tuka Rocha (RZ Motorsport) - a 2s028
3-) 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) - a 2s775
4-) 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) - a 3s413
5-) 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) - a 3s929
6-) 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 5s243
7-) 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) - a 7s606
8-) 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 8s805
9-) 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 9s210
10-) 3 Bia Figueiredo (União Química Racing) - a 10s252
11-) 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competições) - a 12s018
12-) 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time Sports) - a 1 lap
13-) 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) - a 1 lap
14-) 51 Átila Abreu (Shell Racing) - a 1 lap
15-) 70 Diego Nunes (União Química Racing) - a 1 lap
16-) 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) - 1 lap
17-) 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) - a 1 lap
18-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 1 lap
19-) 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) - a 1 lap
20-) 117 Guilherme Salas (RZ Motorsport) - a 1 lap
21-) 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) - a 1 lap
22-) 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 1 lap
23-) 0 Cacá Bueno (Red Bull Racing) - a 2 laps
24-) 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) - a 3 laps
25-) 99 Xandynho Negrão (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 4 laps
DID NOT FINISH
26-) 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) - 10 laps
27-) 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) - did not start
28-) 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competições) - did not start
29-) 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) - did not start
FASTEST LAP: Marcos Gomes, 1min51s941 (142,1 kph)
*Results subject to official confirmation by the stewards

Championship Standings:
1-) 88 Felipe Fraga - 282 points
2-) 111 Rubens Barrichello - 248
3-) 77 Valdeno Brito - 200
4-) 80 Marcos Gomes - 192
5-) 70 Diego Nunes - 173
6-) 29 Daniel Serra - 169
7-) 65 Max Wilson - 167
8-) 51 Átila Abreu - 166
9-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio - 162
10-) 46 Vitor Genz - 158
11-) 18 Allam Khodair - 157
12-) 0 Cacá Bueno - 146
13-) 21 Thiago Camilo - 141
14-) 4 Julio Campos - 132
15-) 28 Galid Osman - 128
16-) 73 Sergio Jimenez - 110
17-) 10 Ricardo Zonta - 108
18-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande - 89
19-) 5 Denis Navarro - 88
20-) 8 Rafael Suzuki - 83
21-) 9 Guga Lima - 81
22-) 63 Nestor Girolami - 77
23-) 26 Raphael Abbate - 68
24-) 12 Lucas Foresti - 65
25-) 3 Bia Figueiredo - 58
26-) 25 Tuka Rocha - 54
27-) 66 Felipe Guimarães - 51
28-) 74 Popó Bueno Cavaleiro - 46
29-) 110 Felipe Lapenna - 41
30-) 56 Danilo Dirani - 30
31-) 99 Xandynho Negrão - 23
32-) 117 Guilherme Salas - 19
33-) 14 Luciano Burti - 11
34-) 45 Fabio Carbone - 2
35-) 6 Alceu Feldman - 0
36-) 1 Thiago Marques - 0
37-) 7 Beto Cavaleiro - 0
38-) 11 Cezar Ramos - 0

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