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Guimaraes keen for podium repeat

Having taken the record for the youngest podium finisher during the South African race weekend, Felipe Guimaraes will look to impress again for A1 Team Brazil as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Portugal for the latest round of the year.

The teenager, who turned 18 two weeks ago, was buoyed by his second place finish in the Kyalami feature race and claimed after the race weekend that the performance would be a 'big boost' to his career.

At a circuit that will be new to the majority of the grid, Guimaraes admitted he was keen to try and go one better than in Gauteng and secure a maiden win, although he was quick to point out that anything could happen on track.

“I have confidence right now as we achieved a fantastic team result in South Africa,” he said. “In the last race, I saw that I could drive with guys at the front like Neel Jani and Adam Carroll, so I have gained a lot of inner belief from that.

“For the next race in Portugal, I hope I can race with the front-runners again. In a sense, racing in the Algarve will be the same as Kyalami. It'll be a new track for everyone and I'll look forward to it. I've heard the track is very good and it looks fast and tricky but I think I'm going to enjoy it. We're going to work very hard to win. I cannot predict what will happen, but I'll do my best.”

Guimaraes will be joined in the Brazilian line-up for the weekend by female racer Bia Figueiredo who will take on rookie and reserve driver duties for the Portuguese meeting, and team principal Emerson Fittipaldi was quick to welcome her into the team for what will be her first taste of the Powered by Ferrari car.

“The new track in the Algarve is beautiful and should produce some fantastic racing,” he said. “We will have a strong pair of drivers with Felipe racing and Bia driving in the rookie sessions. It will be great to have Bia driving for us again, she is very talented.

“After the podium in South Africa we are looking forward to achieving another strong result. Felipe and the team did a fantastic job there and we want to continue that. I'm sure the other Filipe [Portugal's Albuquerque] will be very strong so we could have a Brazil versus Portugal situation!”


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Felipe Guimaraes - A1 Team Brazil [Pic credit: A1GP]
Dan Clarke in action in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Earl Bamber at the Portimao circuit [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani on track in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos in action in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani on track in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Felipe Guimaraes during qualifying in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Nicolas Prost during qualifying in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Tonio Liuzzi during qualifying in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos on track in Portugal [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos takes pole in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Tonio Liuzzi takes pole in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Robert Doornbos during practice in the Algarve [Pic credit: A1GP]
Andre Lotterer - A1 Team Germany [Pic credit: A1GP]
Felipe Guimaraes - A1 Team Brazil [Pic credit: A1GP]
Felipe Guimaraes - A1 Team Brazil [Pic credit: A1GP]
Felipe Guimaraes - A1 Team Brazil [pic credit: A1GP Media]
Felipe Guimaraes - A1 Team Brazil [Pic credit: A1GP]

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