Mil Milhas – Full Report
Saturday was a rainy day at Interlagos but the rain stopped before
the start, and the track was dry from the green lights – writes
ZF's Riley &
Scott, driven by Felipe Giaffone, unsurprisingly led from the midnight
start, and pulled out a modest gap over Negrão's family Audi
TT-R and Ingo Hoffman's Porsche 911 GT3-RS. The Italian Racing Box
Viper lost three positions in the opening laps – but that
would be of no consequence 1000 miles later.
was the fastest in the 64 car field throughout the first hour, but
after the first pit stop, Flávio de Andrade and Ruyter Pacheco
failed to show such pace, and the Audi TT took the lead. Xandy Negrão
then dropped behind Ingo Hoffmann, and a Porsche led for the first
The ex-PK Sport
was under pressure from Michael Vergers in the Radical Turbo, with
the Racing Box Viper a solid fifth: these five were on the same
lap after two hours.
Then the troubles
began for the R&S: it pitted for a long inspection and to repair
a gearbox problem. The prototype returned to the track, but then
had a small accident with the Eduardo Souza Ramos driven (the Ingo
Hoffman car) Porsche, the driver of the 911 being the President
of Mitsubishi Motors Brazil. The R&S pitted again for bodywork
repairs, lost positions aplenty, and then retired soon afterwards
with an electrical problem.
The next of
the front-runners to retire was the Audi. The car had been suffering
with brake problems, and after a long pitstop, the car came out
of the pits and Xandinho Negrão, the son of the car’s
owner, had a big crash. The driver was fine, the car wasn’t.
Box Chrysler Viper, FIA GT driver Fabrizio Gollin at the wheel,
was the fastest car on the track. But before the lead changed, Ronaldo
Ferreira - now at the wheel of the ‘Ingo Hoffman car’
- pitted the Porsche with an engine problem, which turned out to
be a race-ending misfire.
Turbo was struggling with its turbo, and the official MCR entry
was in gearbox bother: there were mechanical woes affecting a good
number of the starters, including the ‘strange’ Porsche
914, which was a non-finisher.
The only problem
for the Viper at the front – with an ever increasing lead
– was a stop and go penalty for making contact with a slow
Aldee Spyder. Into second place came the ex-PK Porsche, the car
running “faultlessly” according to Mike Pickup (calling
from Sao Paulo Airport). He pointed out that this car had qualified
on pole last year, but only just made the top ten this time. “The
machinery this year was significantly quicker, but we came through
in the end – although we couldn’t match the Viper’s
Red Bull sponsored BMW M3 of Duller Motorsport was an excellent
third at the finish, driven by Peter / Quester / Wolff / Engelhorn.
Three of them will be at Daytona on Wednesday, ready to drive the
BE Ferrari 360.
1 Stefano Zonca / Angelo Lancellotti / Fabrizio Gollin - Chrysler
Viper GTS-R 374 Laps
2 Paulo Bonifácio / Ricardo Etchenique / Nonô Figueiredo
/ Maurizio Sala - Porsche 911 GT3-R + 7 laps
3 Dieter Quester / Philipp Peter / Toto Wolff / Klaus Engelhorn
- BMW M3 + 15 laps
Mesquita / Marcos Barros / Luiz Zattar / Sérgio Magalhães
- Porsche 911 GT3-R + 18 laps
5 Amaury Pires / Marcio Sciola / Mauricio Monte Aldee Spyder VW
AP + 28 laps
6 Valmir Benavides / Duda Pamplona / Michael Vergers - Radical Susuki
+ 29 laps
7 Richard Canny / Alam Hellmeister / Jason Oliveira - Aldee Spyder
VW AP + 35 laps
8 Guilherme Spinelli / Maurício das Neves / Beto Giorgi /
Michael Vergers - Radical Suzuki + 39 laps
9 Moises Severo / Marcos Fantinati / Fred Fungaro - Aldee Spyder
VW AP + 39 laps
10 Heinz Jurgen Halle / Eurico Sodré / Luciano Rocco - Aldee
Spyder VW AP + 57 laps.