Formula Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello has won his first major motorsport championship in over 20 years, claiming the Drivers’ Championship title in the Stock Car Brasil series, Brazil’s premier touring car championship.

The 42-year-old claimed two race wins over the year and finished third in the season finale at Curitiba on Sunday driving a Full time Sports Chevrolet Sonic, which was enough to give him the title by 9.5 points. It was his first championship title since he won the British Formula 3 crown in 1991.

Rubens Barrichello, 2014 Stock Car Brasil

Rubens Barrichello

Barrichello started a record 322 Grands Prix over a career spanning 1993-2011 claiming eleven race wins among his 68 podium finishes.

He twice finished as runner-up in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship standings to Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher in 2002 and 2004.

Post-F1, he spent a year racing in the American-based IndyCar Series, before transiting across to the Stock Car Brasil Series in 2013, finishing eighth overall in his rookie season.

Barrichello was sensationally linked to a Formula 1 return with the Caterham F1 Team at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the outfit was placed into administration in October and the comeback failed to materialise.

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