Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Felipe Fraga beats Barrichello

Fraga celebrates
Fraga celebrates

Interlagos had packed grandstands this Sunday morning in Sao Paulo to watch the Million Reais Race, Brazilian V8 Stock Cars seventh round. A beautiful and warm sunny day welcomed the crowd to see Felipe Fraga join the hall of millionaires after an incontestable victory standing next to Valdeno Brito (2008), Ricardo Mauricio (2010), Thiago Camilo (2011, 2012 and 2015), and Rubens Barrichello (2014).

With the right strategy regarding the push-to-pass button, Fraga went on to surprise pole sitter Rubens Barrichello on lap four taking the lead and holding it to the checkered flag.

"The team went through the night building a strategy to optimize the push-to-pass use. I think we got it right, because Barrichello fell for our trap and I could manage to overtake him", Fraga explained.

The crowd was bigger than the F1 race at Interlagos
The crowd was bigger than the F1 race will be at Interlagos

There were nine actuations of the ‘overtaking button'; and each one could be used after a 60-second interval. The system had a 12-sec delay after engaging, delivering over 80 hp during 45 seconds. Fraga's strategy was to ‘waste' one of them engaging it in the slower part of the circuit, so the next lap he could use it on the opposite straight, giving no option to his opponent to defend himself or try to regain the position.

3-wide at the start as Barrichello has inside line into Turn1
3-wide at the start as Barrichello has inside line into Turn1

"I have chosen not to fight in the beginning because Julio Campos and Ricardo Zonta were catching us, so I had to create a space and then try to attack. I saved tires and when I engaged the push-to-pass I was already on the limit, but braking into turn I locked the wheels. However, Felipe drove a fantastic race, like a veteran, like a champion who deserves the million", stated Rubens Barrichello.

The 20-year old won a big prize: besides getting a million reais richer, Felipe Fraga extended his championship lead to 33 points, having seen his teammate and current champion Marcos Gomes out of the race on the first lap. Gomes dropped to sixth place in the standings, opening the path to the rise of Max Wilson (P4) to second, Rubens Barrichello (P2) to third, and Valdeno Brito (P3) to fourth and Daniel Serra (P8) to fifth.

"It still didn't click. This race is so cool. It is special. When I crossed the finish line I couldn't believe it was happening in my life. Winning the race, a million reais, with all the repercussion it brings, lots of people watching, and gaining even more advantage in the championship… I am beyond happy", Fraga declared.

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars' next meeting happens in Londrina, Parana, for the eight round, back in the double-header format, on September 25th.

MILLION REAIS RACE – Results:
1. 88 Felipe Fraga (Cimed Racing) – 28 laps in 47min16s057 (153.3 kph)
2. 111 Rubens Barrichello (Full Time Sports) – 0s411
3. 77 Valdeno Brito (TMG Racing) – 5s180
4. 65 Max Wilson (Eurofarma RC) Racing) – 24s367
5. 18 Allam Khodair (Full Time Sports) – 11s732
6. 70 Diego Nunes (Uniao Quimica Racing) – 14s078
7. 4 Julio Campos (C2 Axalta Racing) – 18s585
8. 29 Daniel Serra (Red Bull Racing) – 22s508
9. 83 Gabriel Casagrande (C2 Axalta g Team) – 38s496
10. 46 Vitor Genz (Eisenbahn Racing Team) – 10s972
11. 110 Felipe Lapenna (Hot Car Competicoes) – 38s542
12. 26 Raphael Abbate (Hot Car Competicoes) – 43s129
13. 3 Bia Figueiredo (Uniao Quimica Racing) – 44s248
14. 28 Galid Osman (Ipiranga-RCM) – 50s220
15. 56 Danilo Dirani (RZ Motorsport) – 51s136
16. 63 Nestor Girolami (Eisenbahn Racing Team) – 53s831
17. 21 Thiago Camilo (Ipiranga-RCM) – a 1 lap
18. 0 Caca Bueno (Red Bull Racing) – a 2 laps
19. 73 Sergio Jimenez (Cavaleiro Sports) – a 2 laps
20. 51 atila Abreu (Shell Racing) – a 2 laps
21. 11 Cesar Ramos (RZ Motorsport) – a 5 laps
22. 10 Ricardo Zonta (Shell Racing) – a 6 laps
23. 74 Popo Bueno (Cavaleiro Sports) – a 6 laps

DID NOT FINISH
24. 8 Rafael Suzuki (Vogel Motorsport) – a 16 laps
25. 9 Guga Lima (TMG Racing) – a 24 laps
26. 12 Lucas Foresti (Full Time-ProGP) – a 24 laps
27. 5 Denis Navarro (Vogel Motorsport) – a 25 laps
28. 80 Marcos Gomes (Cimed Racing) – a 27 laps
29. 90 Ricardo Mauricio (Eurofarma RC) – excluded

FASTEST LAP: Julio Campos, 1min40s066 (155,2 kph)

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER 7 ROUNDS:
1. Felipe Fraga – 163 points
2. Max Wilson – 130
3. Rubens Barrichello – 124
4. Valdeno Brito – 122
5. Daniel Serra – 117
6. Marcos Gomes – 112
7. Diego Nunes – 108
8. Caca Bueno – 105
9. Vitor Genz – 98
10. Allam Khodair – 92
11. Ricardo Zonta – 88
12. atila Abreu – 86
13. Ricardo Mauricio – 81
14. Julio Campos – 72
15. Galid Osman – 70
16. Sergio Jimenez – 68
17. Thiago Camilo – 64
18. Gabriel Casagrande – 61
19. Rafael Suzuki – 61
20. Felipe Guimaraes – 51
21. Denis Navarro – 48
22. Guga Lima – 42
23. Bia Figueiredo – 41
24. Felipe Lapenna – 36
25. Raphael Abbate – 35
26. Lucas Foresti – 34
27. Popo Bueno – 34
28. Nestor Girolami – 26
29. Danilo Dirani – 19
30. Luciano Burti – 11
31. Fabio Carbone – 2
32. Alceu Feldmann – 0
33. Cezar Ramos – 0
34. Thiago Marques – 0
35. Beto Cavaleiro – 0

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