04 May Complete domination in Interlagos for the CUPRA #77 of Reis/Lima
Complete domination in Interlagos for the CUPRA #77 of Reis/Lima
São Paulo, April 30, 2022 – Saturday continued along the same path as Friday with a broad dominance of the duo Raphael Reis and Guga Lima aboard the #77 CUPRA of the W2 Pro GP. The top 3 of the grid of the first Endurance race of 2022 of the TCR South America was completed by three different brands, with Juan Ángel Rosso and Ricardo Risatti second with the Honda Civic #26 of the Squadra Martino and Fabricio Pezzini and Javier Merlo third with the Lynk & Co #7 of PMO Motorsport.
For the Trophy Cup, the best position on the grid is the sixth place of the #34 Honda of the Squadra Martino, of the only binational crew in the race, Fabio Casagrande and Mauricio Lambiris.
The classification was divided into two rounds of 15 minutes with the guests in first place and the official pilots in the next. At the beginning of the initial stage the leader was Lambiris’ #34 Honda, followed by Risatti and Lima. Only 0.138s separated the leading trio. Two minutes from the checkered flag, the Brazilian from CUPRA beat the Uruguayan from Honda by 0.206 s and took first position. On the last lap Marcelo Ciarrocchi’s Lynk & Co appeared third, and Javier Merlo fourth. Thus Risatti completed the top 5. The session had the top nine separated by just 0.844s.
Among the starters, Raphael Reis led right away after clocking 1:42.127 and Pezzini quickly moved into second place. Sapag was third fastest, with Lusquiños and Rosso completing the top 5 at Crown Racing and Squadra Martino Honda.
With four minutes to go, Rosso improved on his record to just 0.017 behind Reis. The last moments all went out to improve their marks. Reis found another fastest lap, with a 1m41.779s, the best time of the entire weekend. Rosso finished the session in second place. Pezzini, Sapag and Pedro Aizza completed the top5.
With the times combined, the starting order established the #77 Cupra on pole, accompanied by the #26 Honda on the front row. The second is dominated by Lynk & Co, headed by #7 and next to it #33. The #22 Crown Racing Honda and the #34 Squadra Martino Honda round out the six first places.
With a record 19 cars and 38 registered drivers, TCR South America continues to show its strength in the region. This Saturday the category received the visit of Bernie and Fabiana Ecclestone, vice president of the FIA for South America, Carlos Remohí, president of CODASUR, and Giovani Guerra, president of the CBA.
Tomorrow the race will start at 9:40 with a duration of 37 laps or one hour.
“We are having a great weekend so far. The team did a great job and Guga brought a lot of experience. We managed to develop the car well and work to get it balanced for qualifying and the race.”
“My start was good and we confirmed what we did in practice. I think my lap could have been even a bit better because I made a little mistake. We are happy with the result and also the goal was to be the first among the guests”.
“I think we didn’t find the balance of the car in practice and that surprised us when it came to qualifying. Despite that, it was a good result and we have a long race ahead of us. We are going to think of a good strategy to score points and try to win the race”.
Juan Angel Rosso
“I felt good in the car even though qualifying was the first time I got into it with new tyres. It wasn’t really what we had planned, but the rain got in the way of our strategy. I found a completely different car than the one I drove in practice and we had to adjust it to get a good qualifying time. In short, we came out in second place and in the end it’s a good position”.
“We were way behind in qualifying and my confidence took a hit. Despite this, Lambiris had a great time and that gave me back the confidence to make a good time. Surely, tomorrow we will fight for victory”.
“It was a great qualifying. We did P2 in my group with a great time and Fabio completed the job so we can take pole position in the Trophy Cup.”