Ex-Ferrari F1 driver Barrichello wins Brazilian stock car title

Former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello won his second Stock Car Pro Series title this Sunday after two action-packed back-to-back races at Interlagos in Brazil.

The first was won by Felipe Baptista ahead of Daniel Serra, and Ricardo Mauricio triumphed over former Renault F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr in the second.

But Barrichello, who retired from F1 at the end of 2011 having served stints with Honda, Brawn GP and Williams following his Ferrari exit at the end of 2005, was the man of the weekend, winning his second stock car title in Brazil following his first triumph in 2014.

However, the title fight was only settled after an early incident right after the start of race two.

Due to the the reversed grid rule, 2021 champion Gabriel Casagrande started seventh, ahead of Barrichello and three-time champion Serra following their podiums alongside Baptista in the first race.

But Barrichello started slower than Serra and the three got side by side in the first part of the Senna Esses. Barrichello then spun after a slight touch with Serra, while Casagrande got squeezed on the outside.

Casagrande then returned to the track dangerously and hit Serra, who was forced to retire, thus ending his title chances.

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello

Photo by: Duda Bairros

With the three-time champion out of contention, Barrichello had to score points and wait for a bad result for Casagrande, who was eventually disqualified by the stewards - ensuring Barrichello took the title.

Argentine Matias Rossi also started the round with title chances and even led some laps in the first race, but had a problem in the pits and was mathematically ruled out of contention for the second race.

He finished the season fourth, behind team-mate Casagrande and runner-up Serra. Race two winner, three-time champion Mauricio, led from start to finish and had to defend from Piquet. Cesar Ramos was third and Barrichello 11th to claim the title.

Speaking after his title win, Barrichello said: "I am so happy. We broke a taboo at Interlagos and I just have to thank everyone who cheered for me. I didn't know there were so many people."

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