Felipe Massa continued his remarkable comeback by adding another karting victory to his heat win in last week’s Internation Challenge of Go-Kart Champions, this time winning the Granja Viana 500-mile Enduro.
Massa was joined by Renault test driver Lucas di Grassi and Stock Car Light frontrunner Julio Campos for yesterday’s 500-mile race. The trio took the lead early on and were able to stay ahead for the majority of the distance, only being headed during pitstops.
Former BAR and Jordan F1 driver Ricardo Zonta was part of the second-placed line-up, finishing two laps down on Massa, di Grassi and Campos, while eight-time Granja Viana winners Rubens Barrichello and his good mate Tony Kanaan were among the drivers of the third-placed kart.
It was the first time Massa had won the Granja Viana since he was part of the victorious team in the inaugural event in 1997, aged just 16. Campos – who was just 15 years old at the time – was also part of the winning driver line-up that year.
Massa dedicated the win to his son Felipinho, who was born earlier this week.
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