Di Grassi wins, but IndyCar hopeful shines in Massa’s kart eventUPDATE AR1.com customers who are using our iPhone app can watch the spectacular passes Bia makes to win in our video section, available from the iPhone app home page. The iPhone app video section contains all the videos we have published in 2010.
The only woman in the race, Bia Figueiredo, gives the boys a clinic on driving and wins Race 2
12/19/10 Lucas di Grassi won, but IndyCar ace Bia Figueiredo stole the show by grabbing the second heat at the International Challenge of Go-Kart Champions at Arena Sapiens in Florianopolis, Brazil. Di Grassi failed to finish the Sunday race, but the 25 points he collected with his victory on Saturday were enough to give him the first spot on the aggregate results even tough Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello and Bia Figueiredo have scored the same amount. Final positions were defined according to the race 1 order at the checkered flag.
For the first time Felipe Massa’s promoted event was split in two days. Di Grassi achieved the race 1 on Saturday night and seemed to be on the way to his first victory in Florianopolis when was forced to withdrawn with a broken pipe after being hit in the back by Antonio Pizzonia. The lead changed all the time and Jaime Alguersuari, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello were about to win the double-header dispute until Bia, who had started only 11th and was the sole female presence in the field, started moving up in he 28-lap race.
The last laps were dramatic. Alguersuari, Massa and Barrichello were close to get the title, but it eventually went to Di Grassi, who at that time was with his fingers crossed in the pits waiting for a positive combination of results. Supporters in the grandstands went crazy when Bia dived over Barrichello to take P1n the final stages and then cruised to a victory. "I never dreamed about overtaking a driver like Barrichello in a race", celebrated Bia, who is still chasing a seat in IndyCar for 2011.
1 - LUCAS DI GRASSI - 28 laps in 26:11.874 (77,988 km/h) 2 - FELIPE MASSA + 2s017 3 - ANTONIO PIZZONIA + 2s372 4 - JAIME ALGUERSUARI + 3s579 5 - TONY KANAAN + 4s178 6 - MARCOS GOMES + 4s323 7 - VITOR MEIRA + 8s246 8 - RUBENS BARRICHELLO + 8s449 9 - LUCIANO BURTI + 8s712 10 - ALLAM KHODAIR + 9s123 11 - BIA FIGUEIREDO + 12s686 12 - FELIPE GIAFFONE + 13s461 13 - THIAGO CAMILO + 15s753 14 - JOÃO PAULO OLIVEIRA + 17s387 15 - XANDINHO NEGRÃO + 22s538 16 - MAX WILSON + 23s738 17 - RICARDO MAURICIO + 23s763 18 - CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI + 23s859 19 - RICARDO ZONTA + 23s880 20 - POPÓ BUENO + 24s151 21 - BRUNO SENNA + 25s362 22 - LEONARDO NIENKOTTER + 50s364 23 - ALBERTO VALÉRIO + 1 lap 24 - MARCOS PASQUIM + 2 laps 25 - CACÁ BUENO - a 19 voltas DNF - HELIO CASTRONEVES + 20 laps DNF - ENRIQUE BERNOLDI + 27 laps
Best lap: Lucas Di Grassi - 55s393 (78,443 km/h)
1 - BIA FIGUEIREDO - 28 laps in 26:16.166 (77,190 km/h) 2 - RUBENS BARRICHELLO + 1s361 3 - FELIPE GIAFFONE + 2s275 4 - TONY KANAAN + 2s717 5 - MARCOS GOMES + 3s419 6 - ALLAM KHODAIR + 4s789 7 - JOÃO PAULO OLIVEIRA + 5s556 8 - JAIME ALGUERSUARI + 6s295 9 - LEONARDO NIENKOTTER + 8s170 10 - RICARDO ZONTA + 8s679 11 - FELIPE MASSA + 9s046 12 - VITOR MEIRA + 9s109 13 - ENRIQUE BERNOLDI + 9s790 14 - THIAGO CAMILO + 10s525 15 - XANDINHO NEGRÃO + 12s078 16 - MAX WILSON + 15s628 17 - RICARDO MAURICIO + 16s008 18 - LUCIANO BURTI + 16s228 19 - HELIO CASTRONEVES + 18s891 20 - BRUNO SENNA + 22s225 21 - ALBERTO VALÉRIO + 24s538 DNF - CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI + 7 laps DNF - POPÓ BUENO + 7 laps DNF - CACÁ BUENO + 13 laps DNF - MARCOS PASQUIM + 23 laps DNF - LUCAS DI GRASSI + 24 laps DNF - ANTONIO PIZZONIA + 25 laps
Best lap: Bia Figueiredo - 55s408 (78,421 km/h)
1) Lucas Di Grassi - 25 points 2) Felipe Massa - 25 3) Rubens Barrichello - 25 4) Bia Figueiredo - 25 5) Tony Kanaan - 24 6) Jaime Alguersuari - 21 7) Marcos Gomes - 21 8) Felipe Giaffone - 19 9) Antonio Pizzonia - 16 10) Allam Khodair - 16 11) Vitor Meira - 13 12) João Paulo Oliveira - 11 13) Luciano Burti - 7 14) Leonardo Nienkotter - 7 15) Ricardo Zonta - 6 16) Thiago Camilo - 5 17) Enrique Bernoldi - 3 18) Xandinho Negrão - 2
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