There could be no better end of the season for Joao Vieira, who waves the Brazilian flag with the national green-gold anthem at the Adria International Raceway, thanks to his success in race-2, after winning the podium with a great second place in the first race.
The 16-year-old Brazilian driver of Antonelli Motorsport ends with a win, a second place and the title of vice-champion in the Adria Winter Trophy, his first European season in open-wheels, a well-deserved result, after a year of strong growing in the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth.
Back on the circuit where he opened his adventure in the Tricolor series, Joao has taken advantage of all the experience gained in a little more of four months, being protagonist of excellent overtakings and closing Rovigo’s weekend with the second place – for just a single point -. “I’m very satisfied for what gained by Joao this weekend. A second place and, especially, the victory that we’ve missed in the Italian F.4”, the manager Giovanni Minardi analyzes. “He has been the author of amazing overtakings, both in race-1 and race-2. Unfortunately, we missed the pole, that he could give us the victory of this Trophy. Apart from this, Adria weekend is the consecration of what showed in championship. A week before championship, we started from scratch, without knowing car and tracks, and four months later we got the victory“, Minardi concludes. “This was his first season in an open-wheel, coming directly from karting, and growth after each race is the most important signal of the value of this guy”.
“At last. Finally, there’s the win, that I’ve so long chased. I’m really happy for how the weekend went at Adria. Ending the season with a second place, a win and the title of vice-champion is absolutely not bad”, Joao Vieira says, smiling. “The Italian F.4 Championship was really challenging and allowed me to grow and learn a lot. I’ll certainly take advantage of this experience next year”. Now, Joao leaves Italy a few days and moves to Brazil, before leaving for Las Vegas. “I’ll go a few days in Brazil, at home, and then, prepare the Supernationals kart race, scheduled for next November 23rd”, the diver of Minardi Management concludes.