While he might have lost his race seat at Virgin Racing to Jérôme d’Ambrosio, outoing driver Lucas di Grassi has been declared the overall winner at Felipe Massa’s annual charity karting event at the Brazilian town of Florianopolis.
The event once again featured a strong pool of current and former F1 drivers, with the likes of Jaime Alguersuari, Bruno Senna, Rubens Barrichello and Antônio Pizzonia in the mix. Also competing were other Brazilian drivers on the international stage, including IndyCar regulars Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Vitor Meira and Ana Beatriz.
Di Grassi drove a good race in the first heat of the event, winning the 28-lap after starting in second place and enjoying a race-long battle with Massa and pole-sitter Pizzonia. Alguersuari finished a solid fourth, ahead of Kanaan, Marcos Gomes, Meira and Barrichello.
With the second heat’s grid being determined by the top-eight finishers from Heat 1 starting in reverse order, Barrichello would start from pole and found himself embroiled in a hot tussle with Alguersuari and Massa.
But di Grassi’s hopes of a double victory were dashed when he was forced to retier after being hit from behind by Pizzonia.
Meanwhile, Beatriz – the sole female representative in the field – was steadily moving up the order from her 11th-placed grid slot and caught right up the leading group in the closing laps.
Beatriz forced her way past Barrichello with just a few laps to go, and cruised to victory, placing her on equal points with di Grassi and Barrichello when the points tallies from both heats were aggregated.
Di Grassi was awarded the title under the rules which dictate that the championship order will be determined by the Heat 1 finishing order.
[Original image via In Racing News]