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Guimaraes triumphs in F3 Brazil Open as La Rocca runs out of luck

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Felipe Guimaraes became the winner of 2013’s Formula 3 Brazil Open at Interlagos after an engine issue took polesitter Roberto La Rocca out of contention, leaving Guimaraes virtually unopposed.

The outcome was a total reversal of the days that preceded the main race – where it was mostly Guimaraes who suffered from mechanical failures – as La Rocca had his race-ruining issue emerge on formation lap, forcing him to start from the pits and subsequently lose lots of time, finishing multiple laps down on the leader.

Guimaraes, who therefore started fifth, was first by the end of lap one and cruised to victory after 18 more laps. The only opposing driver who didn’t seem to encounter any problems, Russian Dmitry Suranovich, finished second, a minute down on Guimaraes.

The podium was completed by Eduardo Banzoli, who also took the honours of being the best “Class B” driver after his only competitor in that regard, Gustavo Lima, retired on lap four.

Raphael Raucci, who seemed to have a shot at the podium midway through the race, retired with five laps to go, allowing a recovering La Rocca to claim fourth.

Final race results
Pos Driver Team Cls Time/Gap Laps
1 Felipe Guimaraes Hitech Racing Brazil A 31m16.716s 19
2 Dmitry Suranovich Hitech Racing Brazil A +1m33.354s 19
3 Eduardo Banzoli Capital Motorsport B +1 lap 18
4 Roberto La Rocca Hitech Racing Brazil A +5 laps 14
5 Raphael Raucci RR Racing Team A +6 laps 13
6 Gustavo Lima Cesario Formula Jr. B +16 laps 3