Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Barrichello on pole position to narrow title chase

F1 veteran know he has to stay ahead of Fraga on the main race to shorten the gap from leader Felipe Fraga in the standings

Rubens Barrichello has got a clear plan in his mind: to take as many points as possible from his title rival Felipe Fraga. The first part he manage to accomplish this Saturday afternoon in Goiânia - so the 2014 champion took pole position for round 10. He set two flying laps to take Marcos Gomes off from provisional pole. Championship leader Felipe Fraga starts third.

"At this moment it is like I am competing against the track, the time, against myself. It is where I give everything I have got. Because I think Felipe (Fraga) now starts to race in a more conservative mode - he has to save points, not risking them. On the other hand, I cannot afford to to so - I have to aim for the victories", said Barrichello, who got his third pole position this season.

As parte of the last three drivers to enter the track - following the championship classification -, provisional pole was on the hands of reigning champion Marcos Gomes. His laptime was only beaten by Barrichello - twice, since he dropped his fastest lap by one tenth in his final lap - reaching 1min25s275.

"I have to fight to keep myself ahead in the first race tomorrow and to score more points than Fraga. We have to stay alive in this battle until the very last race of the season", Rubens stated.

Valdeno Brito, Diego Nunes, Nestor Girolami, Lucas Foresti, Ricardo Maurício, Max Wilson and Daniel Serra closed the top-10 on the grid. The main race starts tomorrow at 2 pm (local time) for 45 minutes which award the winner 30 points; feature race starts right after the podium at 3:10 for 30 minutes and 15 points to the winner.

Starting Grid*:
1-) 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time Sports) - 1min25s275
2-) 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) -1min25s482
3-) 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) - 1min25s490
4-) 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) - 1min25s520
5-) 70 Diego Nunes (União Química Racing) - 1min25s552
6-) 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - 1min25s654
7-) 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) - 1min25s666
8-) 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma RC) - 1min25s717
9-) 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) - 1min25s719
10-) 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) - 1min25s722
11-) 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) - 1min25s776
12-) 0 Cacá Bueno (Red Bull Racing) - 1min25s780
13-) 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) - 1min25s843
14-) 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) - 1min25s893
15-) 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) - 1min25s944
16-) 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) - 1min25s947
17-) 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) - 1min26s003
18-) 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) - 1min26s009
19-) 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) - 1min26s141
20-) 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) - 1min26s163
21-) 51 Átila Abreu (Shell Racing) - 1min26s171
22-) 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta Racing) - 1min26s203
23-) 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competições) - 1min26s243
24-) 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) - 1min26s331
25-) 3 Bia Figueiredo (União Química Racing) - 1min26s349
26-) 117 Guilherme Salas (RZ Motorsport) -1min26s447
27-) 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competições) - 1min26s562
28-) 25 Tuka Rocha (RZ Motorsport) - 1min26s733
29-) 99 Xandynho Negrão (Cavaleiro Sports) - 1min27s160
*Results subject to official confirmation by the stewards