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Barrichello wins Massa kart event.


Rubens Barrichello may not have enjoyed the most successful of seasons in Formula One, and may indeed have contested his last grand prix, but the veteran underlined the oft-quoted belief that he still has what it takes to win by clinching a second victory of 2008 at the weekend.

A couple of weeks after spearheading the team that won the Granja Viana kart endurance, along with IndyCar's Tony Kanaan and others, Barrichello went solo to claim his second title by triumphing in Felipe Massa's now annual International Challenge of Kart Champions at Florianopolis in Brazil.

Ironically, Barrichello's closest challenge came from one of the two men potentially lined up to take his place in the Honda F1 team, as Lucas di Grassi continued his own successful season by claiming second place. Mirroring the close-fought battle that marked the Formula One season, di Grassi came up one point short of taking the title after his second race podium finish came up short of overhauling Barrichello, who won the first outing and finished fifth second time around.

Massa, meanwhile, was unable to wrest back the crown he last won 2006, after his second race win proved insufficient to overhaul Barrichello's total and left him third in the standings, ahead of former GP2 driver Xandi Negrao.

Barrichello, while delighted to end his year on a high note, was less than complimentary about some of his rivals tactics.

"Everybody wants to win this," he said of di Grassi and former team-mate Michael Schumacher, "but we can't go around hitting other people on the track, this is a charity event. It seemed like Schumacher thought he was in a war. Maybe he forgot that he is in Brazil now."

Schumacher, who returned to the event as defending champion, finished down in eighth place overall after a second race retirement left him sitting on a fourth-place finish from race one. The German had previously spun out of second place after challenging Barrichello for the lead.

Among those joining in with the event, which is now in its fourth year, were Granja Viana king Kanaan, IndyCar rivals Vitor Meira and Felipe Giaffone, F1 test drivers Luca Badoer and Vitantonio Liuzzi, former grand prix racers Tarso Marques, Roberto Moreno, Ricardo Zonta and Luciano Burti and multiple NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, who admitted that he was a little out of his depth in such exalted company.


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brendan - Unregistered

December 01, 2008 4:12 PM

it was great fun to watch, shame it wasnt advertised better as im sure many tv viewers misses it. not sure what michael did wrong in the second race. seemed all fair and fun

a - Unregistered

December 01, 2008 10:20 PM

I think this usually appears on Eurosport or Motors TV in the UK at some point, and is worth a watch. Although obviously I've just read the result which will ruin it somewhat! :-o



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