Liuzzi wins Massa’s karting event

Former Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi has won Felipe Massa’s annual karting event, International Challenge of the Stars (Desafio Internacional das Estrelas). In the ninth edition of the event, Liuzzi dominated free practice and qualifying before storming to a convincing win.

The event featured a number of familiar drivers from different classes including Massa himself, Rubens Barrichello, Antonio Pizzonia, and Daniel Serra. They also took time to pray for Michael Schumacher, with Massa running a tribute to him on his helmet and kart.

Liuzzi started the race from the front row with Lucas di Grassi alongside him. Julio Campos lined up third with Augusto Farfus Jr in fourth. Barrichello, Massa, Felipe Nasr, Serra, Pizzonia, and Valdeno Britto completed the top ten. In the early stages di Grassi and Campos kept Liuzzi honest, but the Italian driver was able to build up a lead to eventually win by over six seconds.  Sebastian Buemi fought his way through the field from 13th to finish second with Massa finishing the race in third. He was joined by his son Felipinho on the podium.

The rest of the field finished as follows:

  1. Vitantonio Liuzzi 26:23.055
  2. Sebastien Buemi +6.021s
  3. Felipe Massa +10.601s
  4. Julio Campos +11.484s
  5. Antonio Pizzonia +11.584s
  6. Daniel Serra +11.829s
  7. Nelson Piquet Jr +13.733s
  8. Felipe Nasr +19.970s
  9. Valdeno Brito +30.533s
  10. Pietro Fittipaldi +31.465s
  11. Beto Monteiro +31.548s
  12. Luciano Burti +32.081s
  13. João Paulo de Oliveira +32.237s
  14. Luis Razia +32.366s
  15. Bruno Senna +32.541s
  16. Popo Bueno +37.213
  17. Ricardo Zonta +38.601s
  18. Felipe Giaffone + 1 Lap
  19. Rubens Barrichello + 3 Laps
  20. Lucas di Grassi + 8 Laps

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