Team Brazil suffered another disappointing outing in the second round of the new A1GP campaign in the Czech Republic, failing to open their account as the series hit Brno.

The start was key to the result in the sprint race, as Tuka Rocha leapt up to tenth spot from 15th on the grid when the lights went out, holding on to the position all the way to the flag.

Beginning the feature race 11th, as early as the second lap the Euroseries 3000 star made a great pass on Team Germany's Niko Hulkenberg to steal tenth, before taking advantage of a problem for Team France on lap three to move up to ninth.

Unfortunately the 23-year-old then began to struggle with understeer, being re-passed by Zandvoort star Hulkenberg and having a fantastic battle with New Zealand's Jonny Reid on lap six before eventually falling behind the Kiwi ace. After the pit-stops, Rocha found himself back in tenth position again but a spin on lap 25 pushed him down to 15th. He recovered one of the lost places over the closing laps to cross the line 14th.

"The sprint race was fun," he said at the end of the weekend. "I made a good start and gained a lot of positions. I had a big problem from halfway through when I lost a part from my front wing, but I battled the understeer to the end and kept in position so I was quite pleased with that.

"In the feature race I was just not comfortable with the car the whole race. The team did a great job with the pit-stop, we were the quickest team I think, but the car still didn't feel good after that. When I spun, I felt something go wrong on the car and I just lost it."

"We are very disappointed because we were looking to have a better race," added team principal Emerson Fittipaldi. "Tuka complained that the car was out of balance and he had both oversteer and understeer, and just didn't have the level of performance that he needed.

"Next time we will have to have a better set-up. The team did a fantastic job today. We had one of the quickest, if not the quickest pit-stop, and that is consistent with their performance in Zandvoort so we take that as a positive."

 

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