Solid weekend for Joao Vieira at “Piero Taruffi” Racing Circuit of Vallelunga, which has been the scene of the fifth round of the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth.
The 16-year-old Brazilian from Gurupi confirms the growth, closing all races in the score-zone, winning a total rewarding result of 23 points, consolidating both a seventh place in the general ranking and his position as reference pilot for Antonelli Motorsport. The weekend started very well right from the beginning, with Joao that reached the top positions, closing the free practice sessions in fifth and third place, a handful of tenths off the top, touching the pole-position. Even in a demanding track such as Campagnano, the level of championship turned out to be very selective, with even nine and thirteen cars within a range of just 1” in the two Qualifying sessions.
Despite some inaccuracies at the start, in the three races that characterize every weekend of the newborn series – two rounds of 28′ + 1 lap and one race of 18′ + 1 lap – the driver managed by Minardi Management became the author of amazing battles, being consistently among the fastest drivers in the lot.
“It was a definitely positive weekend and I’m happy with the gained results. Unfortunately, a small mistake in Qualifying denied me the first pole-position and at the start I lost a few positions, skidding the wheels. My race speed was good, and I have no longer made any mistakes. Now I prepare for Monza“, the driver of Minardi Management, Joao Vieira, says.
“I’m very satisfied with what has been collected from Joao here in Vallelunga. Since the free practice sessions, he was with the best of the championship, although the regret still remains for the pole-position lost in the last corner and for the not yet perfect starts, which made him lose some positions. In all races he did very well to recover, struggling with a knife between his teeth, without making mistakes and taking a pace close to the first drivers. Now, we go on two tracks, Monza and Imola, where it will be easier to overtake“, the manager Giovanni Minardi comments.