Felipe Massa’s Desafio Internacional das Estrelas kart race 2014

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    Felipe Massa’s annual karting tournament is due to take place this weekend (10th-12th).

    Jules Bianchi is the only active driver besides Massa participating in this year’s race as he bids to defend his 2013 victory.

    A further eight ex-F1 drivers will appear – they are Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Lucas di Grassi, Nelson Piquet Jnr, Luciano Burti, Antonio Pizzonia and Ricardo Zonta.

    Also in the field are Felipe Nasr (GP2), Augusto Farfus (DTM), Bia Figueiredo (aka Ana Beatriz, IndyCar) and Luiz Razia (nearly F1…).

    More details on the official website:


    Iestyn Davies

    Nice! Always a great field for this one.. and besides Bianchi and di Grassi, the best of Brazilian…


    As you will have noticed Alonso is not on the list. Last year he said: “Will I be back next year? If Felipe asks me, definitely.” So we can take a guess at what happened there!


    In the driver list, Felipe Nasr’s an F1 driver…do they know something we don’t?

    On the other hand, they’ve spelt his name wrong.

    Looking forward to this – any racing’s welcome at this time of year. UK race times seem to be 11.45pm Sat & 1pm Sun.


    The race gets under way in 5 minutes (Race 1 was rained off last night). Interesting driver parade with 5 drivers on each quad bike!

    Live video:
    Drivers to look out for:
    3 Pizzonia
    8 Burti
    10 Zonta
    11 Barrichello
    19 Massa
    20 Liuzzi
    21 Razia
    23 Senna
    25 Nasr
    30 Piquet
    111 di Grassi
    117 Buemi


    Tonio Liuzzi beats Buemi and Massa to win!


    1. Vitantonio Liuzzi 26:23.055 (29 laps)
    2. Sebastien Buemi +6.021
    3. Felipe Massa +10.601
    4. Julio Campos +11.484
    5. Antonio Pizonia +11.584
    6. Daniel Serra +11.829
    7. Nelson Piquet Jr. +13.733
    8. Felipe Nasr +19.970
    9. Valdeno Brito +30.533
    10. Pietro Fittipaldi +31.465
    11. Beto Monteiro +31.548
    12. Luciano Burti +32.081
    13. Joao Paulo Oliveira +32.237
    14. Luiz Razia +32.366
    15. Bruno Senna +32.541
    16. Popo Bueno +37.213
    17. Ricardo Zonta +38.601
    18. Felipe Giaffone +1 lap
    19. Rubens Barrichello +3 laps
    20. Lucas di Grassi +8 laps
    Ret. Allam Khodair +15 laps
    Ret. Augusto Farfus +23 laps
    Ret. Ricardo Mauricio +27 laps
    Ret. Bia Figueiredo +29 laps


    Here’s highlights of Liuzzi winning – watch out for Massa turfing out Di Grassi:


    That looks like great fun, thanks for the video!


    Was it just me or did Pietro Fittipaldi get properly blocked (and battered) a few times in that video? I know it’s all for fun but hey…


    Here’s Rubens Barrichello’s race from his helmet camera. His race was ruined by a puncture, but early on he was in among the leading bunch. Look out for Buemi (117) coming past 3 of them in one move!

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