V8 Supercars frontrunner Mark Winterbottom has helped co-driver Marcos Gomes to finish second in the Stock Car Brasil championship’s season-opener, the Race of the Duos.
Sunday’s race saw a 33-car field featured a grid of eleven nationalities and a host of ex-Formula 1 racers. The series’ regular drivers started the race, with Átila Abreu leading from pole position at the race’s rolling start, only to see his hopes of victory ultimately come to an end with a wheel bearing failure.
The Gomes/Winterbottom car shared the front row and held second place in the early stages, despite plenty of action in the opening laps, and inherited the lead during the pit stop cycle. When he handed over to Winterbottom, ‘Frosty’ resumed in second place behind the race’s new leader, Nestor Girolami, who took over from regular driver Ricardo Mauricio.
Winterbottom initially began to eat into Girolami’s lead, but soon started to feel his rear tyres go off and had to drop back to conserve the rubber. He finished 6.8 seconds behind the winner, and eleven seconds clear of a tight scrap for the final podium position which featured the likes of António Félix da Costa, José María López and Lucas di Grassi.
It was Winterbottom’s second hit-out in Brazil’s premier tin-top championship and he once again impressed, backing up the podium he earned the year before when he was invited to co-drive for the Voxx Racing squad at Interlagos.
“[It’s] good to finish on the podium,” he said afterwards. “My stint was good for a couple of laps, but my tyres started to wear quite quickly so I had to back off. I’d love to have challenged for the win, but second is excellent. A podium is good in any day.”
Winterbottom will be back racing in Australia this weekend at the V8 Supercars’ second championship round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.
2015 Stock Car Brasil Race of the Duos – Race Result (35 laps):
|Driver / Co-Driver||Team||Result|
|1.||Ricardo Maurício / Nestor Girolami||Eurofarma RC||52:32.719|
|2.||Marcos Gomes / Mark Winterbottom||Voxx Racing Team||+ 6.892|
|3.||Allam Khodair / António Félix da Costa||Full Time Sports||+ 18.475|
|4.||Cacá Bueno / José María López||Red Bull Racing||+ 18.742|
|5.||Thiago Camilo / Lucas Di Grassi||Ipiranga-RCM||+19.102|
|6.||Max Wilson / Vitor Meira||Eurofarma RC||+19.766|
|7.||Felipe Fraga / Álvaro Parente||Voxx Racing Team||+19.880|
|8.||Valdeno Brito / Laurens Vanthoor||Shell Racing||+ 25.577|
|9.||Rubens Barrichello / Ingo Hoffman||Full Time Sports||+ 42.395|
|10.||Luciano Burti / Jaime Alguersuari||RZ Motorsport||+ 45.797|
|11.||Júlio Campos / Nicolas Prost||Prati-Donaduzzi||+ 46.930|
|12.||Galid Osman / Beto Monteiro||Ipiranga-RCM||+ 50.193|
|13.||Daniel Serra / Chico Serra||Red Bull Racing||+ 52.997|
|14.||Raphael Mattos / David Mufatto||Schin Racing Team||+ 59.049|
|15.||Ricardo Zonta / Jacques Villeneuve||Shell Racing||+ 59.682|
|16.||Lucas Foresti / Luiz Razia||AMG Motorsport||+ 1:04.663|
|17.||Vítor Genz / Matheus Stumpf||Boettger Competições||+ 1:06.869|
|18.||Felipe Lapenna / Vitantonio Liuzzi||Schin Racing Team||+ 1:10.047|
|19.||Alceu Feldmann / Ezequiel Raul Bosio||Boettger Competições||+ 1:11.382|
|20.||Ana Beatriz / Matias Milla||RC3 Bassani||+ 1:16.879|
|21.||Gabriel Casagrande / Enrique Bernoldi||C2 Team||+ 1:18.789|
|22.||Raphael Abbate / Nicolas Costa||Hot Car Competições||+ 1:19.706|
|23.||Fabio Fogaça / Leandro Totti||Hot Car Competições||– 1 lap|
|24.||Antônio Pizzonia / Bruno Senna||Prati-Donaduzzi||– 1 lap|
|25.||Sergio Jimenez / Fabio Carbone||C2 Team||– 1 lap|
|26.||Tuka Rocha / Chris van der Drift||RC3 Bassani||– 2 laps|
|DNF.||Rafael Suzuki / Antonio Perez||RZ Motorsport||31 laps|
|DNF.||Átila Abreu / Nelson Piquet Jr||AMG Motorsport||27 laps|
|DNF.||Popó Bueno / Guilherme Salas||Cavaleiro Racing Sports||24 laps|
|DNF.||Diego Nunes / Ricardo Rosset||Vogel Motorsport||8 laps|
|DNF.||César Ramos / Frederic Vervish||Cavaleiro Racing Sports||7 laps|
|DNF.||Denis Navarro / Felipe Giaffone||Vogel Motorsport||5 laps|
|DNF.||Felipe Maluhy / Xandynho Negrão||ProGP||3 laps|
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