Winterbottom amongst the pace setters in Brazil

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Saturday 21st March, 2015 - 5:31pm

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Mark Winterbottom has quickly adapted to the Brazil Stock Car

Mark Winterbottom has quickly adapted to the Brazil Stock Car

Mark Winterbottom has quickly adapted to the Brazil Stock Cars’ series by setting the third fastest time in the second co-drivers only session at the Goiania circuit.

Although it is Winterbottom’s second appearance in the series after racing at the Interlargos Circuit in Sao Paulo last year, the Pepsi Max Crew driver has got up to speed at the different circuit aboard the left-hand-drive V8 powered Peugeot from Voxx Racing.

Former F1 pilot Ricardo Rosset set the quickest time ahead of Nestor Girolami, with Winterbottom 0.2-secs from the fastest time despite reporting a brake issue.

Winterbottom was sixth quickest in the 33 car field during the first session which was run in wet conditions.

Winterbottom is one of 33 co-drivers racing in Brazil

Winterbottom is one of 33 co-drivers racing in Brazil

Amongst the staring co-drivers in the field are Lucas Di Grassi, Vitor Meira, Laurens Vanthoor, Nicolas Prost, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna, Enrique Bernoldi, Chris van der Drift, Jaime Alguersuari and Jacques Villeneuve.

The regular drivers also have plenty of star quality including the likes Rubens Barrichello, Antonio Pizzonia, Ricardo Zonta, Luciano Burti and former V8 Supercar driver Max Wilson.

“It’s going well, “said Winterbottom.

“It has a lot more grip than I’m used to. My team-mate is quite fast, tomorrow is a big day and I don’t want to let him down.

“There’s a big difference between the Brazilian V8 and the V8 Supercars. We’ve got a lot more power, but they have a lot more grip. It’s different to drive because the car have got a lot more aero, so it carries more speed mid-corner. But it’s very nice to drive, very close racing, and it’s fun”.

Tomorrow’s qualifying will be a combination of both drivers with Winterbottom sharing with one of the series’ favourites Marcos Gomes.

Brazil Stock Car – Practice 3 : Goiania 

Pos No. Crew Team Time
1 #70 Diego Nunes/Ricardo Rosset Vogel Motorsport 1min23s652
2 #90 Ricardo Maurício/Nestor Girolami Eurofarma RC 1min23s739
3 #80 Marcos Gomes/Mark Winterbottom Voxx Racing Team 1min23s807
4 #21 Thiago Camilo/Lucas Di Grassi Ipiranga-RCM 1min23s837
5 #65 Max Wilson/Vitor Meira Eurofarma RC 1min23s906
6 #73 Sergio Jimenez/Fabio Carbone C2 Team 1min23s953
7 #46 Vitor Genz/Matheus Stumpf Boettger Competições 1min24s103
8 #0 Cacá Bueno/Pechito Lopes Red Bull Racing 1min24s108
9 #74 Popó Bueno/Guilherme Salas Cavaleiro Racing Sports 1min24s178
10 #2 Raphael Mattos/David Mufatto Schin Racing Team 1min24s209
11 #111 Rubens Barrichello/Ingo Hoffman Full time competições 1min24s258
12 #18 Allam Khodair/Antonio Felix da Costa Full Time Competições 1min24s261
13 #77 Valdeno Brito/Laurens Vanthoor Shell Racing 1min24s284
14 #4 Julio Campos/Nicolas Prost Prati-donaduzzi 1min24s307
15 #110 Felipe Lapenna/Vitantonio Liuzzi Schin Racing Team 1min24s322
16 #29 Daniel Serra/Chico Serra Red Bull Racing 1min24s346
17 #11 Cesar Ramos/Frederic Vervish Cavaleiro Racins Sports 1min24s428
18 #28 Galid Osman/Beto Monteiro Ipiranga-RCM 1min24s438
19 #51 Átila Abreu/Nelson Piquet Jr AMG Motorsport 1min24s453
20 #8 Rafael Suzuki/Antonio Perez RZ Motorsports 1min24s507
21 #72 Fabio Fogaça/Leandro Totti Hot Car Competições 1min24s528
22 #1 Antonio Pizzonia/Bruno Senna Prati donaduzzi 1min24s529
23 #12 Lucas Foresti/Luiz Razia AMG Motorsport 1min24s557
24 #83 Gabriel Casagrande/Enrique Bernoldi C2 team 1min24s565
25 #5 Denis Navarro/Felipe Giaffone Vogel Motorsport 1min24s573
26 #88 Felipe Fraga/Alvaro Parente Voxx Racing – 1min24s681
27 #25 Tuka Rocha/Chris van der Drift RC3 Bassani 1min24s775
28 #14 Luciano Burti/Jaime Alguersuari RZ Motorsport 1min24s803
29 #3 Bia Figueiredo/Matias Milla RC3 Bassani 1min24s805
30 #6 Alceu Feldmann/Ezequiel Raul Bosio Boettger competições 1min24s840
31 #10 Ricardo Zonta/Jacques Villeneuve Shell Racing 1min25s620
32 #33 Felipe Maluhy/Xandynho Negrão ProGP 1min25s135
33 #26 Raphael Abbate/Nicolas Costa Hot Car Competições 1min25s820