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Brazilian Racing News: Duda Pamplona, Stock Cars

21 October 1997


Taruma, Porto Alegre--Duda Pamplona won the 8th round of the brazilian
F-Chevrolet in Taruma.  This was his 4th win in 8 races, and it gave
him the title with 2 races to go.  Duda started second but at the
start he overtook Alex Bachega, second in points, and lead the 28 laps
to the finish.  As the Rio de Janeiro driver was leading, there was a
lot of action in the back of the field.  Douglas Pitoli started 8th,
but had moved up to 4th by the 13th lap.  The fastest lap of the race
was from Alex Bachega, 1:04.128, giving him a 169.311 km/h average
speed.  Alex followed Duda for the whole race, but had to retire with
a puncture in the left rear tire.

Duda Pamplona is 19 years old, was born in Rio de Janeiro, and is one
of the shining Brazilian stars, at the moment.  He had great support
from his team, the best of the championship. Other drivers--like
Bachega, Valdeno Brito Filho, Marcelo Carneiro, and Karlos
Fernandes--are promising drivers, but had bad luck with their teams
this season.  Duda only retired once this season, when he was involved
in an accident.  Karlos Fernandes made his debut in racing cars after
9 seasons of kart, started 19th in Taruma and arrived 8th, making some
impressive overtakings.


Paulo Gomes was the star of the day in Taruma. He lead the field from
the start to the finish line, driving really hard, and is now in the
fight for the title. Ingo Hoffman (former F-1 driver) and Xandi Negrao
had problems this race and lost the chance to leave Taruma with a great
points lead.

Ingo Hoffman, who started 4th alongside Xandi in 3rd, started very
good and was second in the first lap. On the second lap his car had
gearbox problems and he went to the pits, to fix it.  He returned in
20th position and made a great race to arrive fourth.  Chico Serra
(former F-1 driver) arrived second followed by Flavio Trindade. Ingo
is making a great season.  He is struggling with his car, which isn't
the best car this season, but is giving a show to the spectators at
every race.  Paulo Gomes, who raced in Europe in the late 70's, is
also showing the best of his form at the last three races. Xandi
Negrao who had a great season start, is now having a lot of problems
and seems to have lost his confidence.

Caca Bueno, son of the brazilian F-1 TV speaker, Galvao Bueno, won the
race in Taruma and is now leading the Class "B" championship. Bueno,
who races for the best team in Stock Car, the Brahma Sports Team
(sponsors of Raul Boesel and Scott Pruett in CART), is having a season
with up and downs. Fausto Bessa, the second in points, is just 4
points behind Bueno.

Next round in Rio de Janeiro - november 16th.


3.Alessandro Weiss			192 points
4.Paulo Gomes				186 points
5.Carlos Alves				158 points
6.Chico Serra				136 points

Class "B"

1.Caca Bueno		230 points
2.Fausto Bessa		226 points
3.Ricardo Etchenique	180 points