Brazilian V8 Stock Cars returns in great fashion to Londrina with victories of Fraga and Barrichello

Double-header showed exactly the good points of youth and experience on races that delighted the public on the grandstands

A true mix between youth and experience was highlighted this Sunday afternoon during the eight round of Brazilian V8 Stock Cars, which returned to Londrina after a four-year absence. Victories came to the hands of Felipe Fraga and Rubens Barrichello to the delight of the fans who packed the grandstands at the Ayrton Senna circuit.

Max Wilson started race one form pole position, but as soon the 21-year-old Fraga got rid of Cacá Bueno, the championship leader went on to extend his points advantage in overtaking Wilson - who abandoned the race on the penultimate lap with a puncture. Local hero Valdeno Brito came second with Ricardo Maurício third.

Fraga, who just on the Million Reais Race a fortnight ago in Interlagos, won again and highlighted the work of his team. "We are in top form, working on a different strategy for the push to pass use, so we could open a gap on the track to score another win. I am enormously proud of the whole team, because scoring more 30 points was our goal today", said Felipe.

In the 10-place grid reversion for race two, Argentinian ace Nestor Girolami started first, but soon had to pit for fuel. Among those who pitted on race one, Allam Khodair, Átila Abreu and Thiago Camilo soon figured on the top positions, right behind Rubens Barrichello, who started fifth and got to the lead.

The former F1 veteran issue was having to save fuel, and the only way to do so was with an eventual safety car intervention. For Barrichello’s luck, there were two of them during the 30 minutes of the second heat. Moreover, while Átila got up to second place, Camilo and Vitor Genz kept fighting for the final podium spot, leaving Rubens alone, saving fuel and scoring his second season-victory. Abreu came second celebrating a great result, with Vitor Genz third after taking P3 of Thiago Camilo’s hands almost on the finish line.

"I have never been so scared during a final lap in my whole career", stated Rubens after the podium celebration. "The only way to finish both races without refueling was with a safety car intervention. It is like an attraction law: you try not to think negative, but you keep expecting something to go wrong - in my case, not to finish the race out of fuel. Fortunately, it worked and I am really happy. The most important thing is that we are in contention for this title", said Barrichello, who raced for the first time in Londrina.

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars will be back to Curitiba for the ninth round of the season on October 16th.

Race 1 (45min + 1 lap)*:
1-) 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) - 36 laps in 46min18s116 (142.5 kph)
2-) 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) - a 1s995
3-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma RC) - a 2s824
4-) 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) - a 3s604
5-) 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 15s511
6-) 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time Sports) - a 18s953
7-) 0 Cacá Bueno (Red Bull Racing) - a 22s119
8-) 70 Diego Nunes (União Química Racing) - a 23s609
9-) 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competições) - a 34s083
10-) 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 40s006
11-) 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 41s092
12-) 74 Popó Bueno (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 41s763
13-) 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) - a 52s238
14-) 51 Átila Abreu (Shell Racing) - a 53s733
15-) 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 55s096
16-) 25 Tuka Rocha (RZ Motorsport) - 1min06s063
17-) 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) - a 1min07s185
18-) 56 Danilo Dirani (RZ Motorsport) - a 1min12s126
19-) 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competições) - a 1 lap
20-) 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) - a 1 lap
21-) 3 Bia Figueiredo (União Química Racing) - a 2 laps
22-) 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) - a 3 laps
23-) 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) - a 9 laps
DID NOT FINISH
24-) 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 12 laps
25-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 23 laps
26-) 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) - a 28 laps
27-) 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) - a 30 laps
28-) 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 31 laps
29-) 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) - a 35 laps
FASTEST LAP: Marcos Gomes, 1min12s290 (142.5 kph)

Race 2 (30min + 1 lap):
1-) 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time) - 22 laps in 31min33s899 (127.7 kph)
2-) 51 Átila Abreu (Shell Racing) - a 1s762
3-) 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 2s192
4-) 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 2s693
5-) 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) - a 2s797
6-) 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) - a 3s187
7-) 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) - a 4s779
8-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma RC) - a 7s566
9-) 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) - a 9s702
10-) 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) - a 9s778
11-) 70 Diego Nunes (União Química Racing) - a 10s143
12-) 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) - a 10s814
13-) 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 11s471
14-) 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) - a 11s639
15-) 0 Cacá Bueno (Red Bull Racing) - a 11s673
16-) 25 Tuka Rocha (RZ Motorsport) - a 12s544
17-) 3 Bia Figueiredo (União Química Racing) - a 25s066
18-) 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competições) - a 5 laps
DID NOT FINISH
19-) 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) - a 8 laps
20-) 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) - a 9 laps
21-) 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) - a 10 laps
22-) 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - a 12 laps
23-) 56 Danilo Dirani (RZ Motorsport) - a 14 laps
24-) 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competições) - a 14 laps
25-) 74 Popó Bueno (Cavaleiro Sports) - a 15 laps
26-) 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) - a 17 laps
27-) 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 20 laps
28-) 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) - a 21 laps
29-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta Racing) - a 20 laps (excluded)
FASTEST LAP: Max Wilson, 1min13s137 (150.3 kph)

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
1-) Felipe Fraga - 196 points
2-) Rubens Barrichello - 157
3-) Valdeno Brito - 148
4-) Marcos Gomes - 137
5-) Max Wilson - 136
6-) Diego Nunes - 128
7-) Cacá Bueno - 122
8-) Daniel Serra - 118
9-) Allam Khodair - 112
10-) Vitor Genz - 110
11-) Ricardo Mauricio - 110
12-) Átila Abreu - 109
13-) Ricardo Zonta - 98
14-) Sergio Jimenez - 89
15-) Thiago Camilo - 84
16-) Galid Osman - 83
17-) Julio Campos - 72
18-) Gabriel Casagrande - 61
19-) Rafale Suzuki - 51
20-) Denis Navarro - 56
21-) Felipe Guimarães - 51
22-) Raphael Abbate - 50
23-) Guga Lima - 49
24-) Popó Bueno - 46
25-) Bia Figueiredo - 41
26-) Nestor Girolami - 40
27-) Felipe Lapenna - 39
28-) Lucas Foresti - 34
29-) Danilo Dirani - 24
30-) Luciano Burti - 11
31-) Fabio Carbone - 8
32-) Tuka Rocha - 2
33-) Alceu Feldmann - 0
34-) Thiago Marques - 0
35-) Beto Cavaleiro - 0
36-) Cezar Ramos - 0