Winterbottom with start seventh with Sergio Jimenez
Mark Winterbottom will start from seventh position on his debut in the Brazilian Stock Car series at the Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo, while FPR stable mate Dean Canto will start 16th.
33 cars have entered the two-driver race event with the V8 Supercar duo joining a range of drivers with F1, DTM, Sportscar and Indycar experience.
Winterbottom will share a Peugeot 408-bodied car with local driver Sergio Jimenez, while Canto will team-up with former V8 driver Max Wilson in a Chevrolet Cruze.
After politely sitting through the drivers briefing, which was done in Portuguese, Winterbottom said on Twitter “It’s the first time a drivers briefing has made sense!”
Wilson and Canto back together for the first time since 2002
The team gave Winterbottom the first two practice sessions in the car before the last session was rained out for Jimenez. “Awesome to do some laps. The car is great fun to drive. Fast race pace on the used tyres,” said Winterbottom via Twitter.
This morning’s qualifying went strongly with Winterbottom saying, “I was P4 out of the internationals and Sergio was P10. They combine our times which puts us seventh for the race. Like our series the top-10 with combined times is covered by two tenths of a second. So close!
“Really talented drivers over here so tomorrow’s race will be interesting. Rules are that local driver starts and co driver finishes.”
Canto who is back in the same car with Wilson for the first time since 2002 said via Twitter “Different beast to drive but awesome cars and awesome track. Great to be driving with Max again, but this time on his home turf.”
This weekend’s race is the first time a two-driver format is being used and pole went to Caca Bueno and Pato Silva.
In the race each car will have 11 ‘Push to Pass’ power-up opportunities, plus a driver change must occur between laps 13-16, with 20 litres of fuel to be added and all four tyres changed.
QUALIFYING: Brazil Stock Car – Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo
||Caca Bueno / Juan Manuel Silva
||Felipe Fraga / Rodrigo Sperafico
||Daniel Serra / Alessandro Pier Guidi
||Valdeno Brito / Jeroen Bleekemolen
||Denis Navarro / Alvaro Parente
||Attila Abreu / Nelson Piquet Jr
||Sergio Jimenez / Mark Winterbottom
||Marcos Gomes / Mauro Giallombardo
||Rubens Barrichello / Augusto Farfus
||Vitor Genz / Vitor Meira
||Thiago Camilo / Lucas Di Grassi
||Popo Bueno / Gabriel Ponce de Leon
||Luciano Burti / Ricardo Rosset
||Allam Khodair / Bruno Junqueira
||Julio Campos / Fabio Carbone
||Max Wilson / Dean Canto
||Nono Figueiredo / Miguel Molina
||Antonio Pizzonia / Bruno
||Ricardo Zonta / Aventin Diego
||Tuka Rocha / Craig Dolby
||Alceu Feldmann / Roberto Merhi
||Ricardo Mauricio / Oswaldo Negri
||Galid Osman / Cesar Ramos
||Diego Nunes / Jaime Melo
||Bia Figueiredo / Duda Pamplona
||Gabriel Casagrande / Enrique Bernoldi
||Rafa Matos / Felipe Maluhy
||Lucas Foresti / Antonio Jorge Neto
||Felipe Tozzo / Claudio Ricci
||Felipe Lapenna / Chico Serra
||Bob Knight / Fabio Career
||Rafael Suzuki / Giuliano Losacco
||Fabio Fogaca / Muffato David