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Guimaraes tops qualifying at Formula 3 Brazil Open 2013

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

GP3 and Indy Lights podium-finisher Felipe Guimaraes topped the 35-minute qualifying session for the 2013 running of F3 Brazil Open event at Interlagos.

The 21-year-old Brazilian emerged as the pacesetter among the lineup for this year’s event which, in comparison to 2012, has attracted only half the amount of drivers.

Among them is Venezuelan European F3 Open graduate Roberto La Rocca, who came within less of a second of the polesitter’s time in what was a predominantly wet session.

Starting from third, surprisingly, is one of the two “Class B” machinery drivers – Eduardo Banzoli – while returning driver Raphael Raucci will start alongside him on the second row, after finishing fourth in the 2012 event.

The last of the “Class A” drivers on the grid is Russian GP3 graduate Dmitry Suranovich, who will start fifth alongside local driver Gustavo Lima.

The event is set to consist of four races, with the first two determining the grid for the third one, which, in turn, will decide the starting order for the main race.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Cls Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Guimaraes Hitech Racing Brazil A 1m34.133s ? 19
2 Roberto La Rocca Hitech Racing Brazil A 1m35.019s +0.886s 14
3 Eduardo Banzoli Capital Motorsport B 1m35.376s +1.243s 13
4 Raphael Raucci RR Racing Team A 1m35.669s +1.536s 17
5 Dmitry Suranovich Hitech Racing Brazil A 1m35.975s +1.842s 19
6 Gustavo Lima Cesario Formula Jr. B 1m37.763s +3.630s 17