Motor Racing-and thousands of excited fans turned out on Sunday (7 August) for the opening motor race meeting at Rio de Janeiro's new auxodrome.
Motor Racing-and thousands of excited fans turned out on Sunday (7 August) for the opening motor race meeting at Rio de Janeiro's new auxodrome. This inaugural meeting had originally been scheduled for last January but bad weather and other problems in completing construction work had led to a postponement.
SYNOPSIS: The auxodrome was built on a site giving best access by car and public transport from all parts of Rio.
These are Volkswagen 1600 racing cars being serviced in some of the 36 pits which are lavishly equipped with the lighting and power points. They were racing under Formula 1 rules, introduced here in 1966.
The trace contains two circuits -- the longer of 5,000 metres for international races and the shorter 3,000 for local events.
The cars are off, their drivers reassured that safety measures are as good as the planners could make them. The planners studied famous racetracks elsewhere to ensure their dangerous quirks and faults were not reproduced. Guard rails surround the entire track, and the banking is made of plastic to give the best protection to drivers and machines. There's an inner track for rescue vehicles which can reach an accident anywhere without having to cross the outer track.
The favourite wins. It's Car No. 1 driven by Alfredo Guarana Menezes.
Now for the other climatic event-for VW1300 cc cars. Formula Volkswagen races reflect the giant German company's industrial strength in Brazil. It's the biggest car maker in South America, and the famous local heroes, the Fittipaldi brothers began their racing careers in VW Formula racing, before moving into Grand Prix events. The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Brazil will be staged here next January.
Brazilian fans love this Volkswagen racing which came to their country only seven years after it was introduced in the United States. Emerson Fittipaldi was the first star to emerge, gaining experience that helped him advance to his later world championships as a Grand Prix driver.
This time the winner was Elcio Pelegrini, in Car 20, just ahead of Luiz Scarpin, in car 38, who finished second.
Veteran Pelegrini is enjoying his best season.