Rubens Barrichello wins International Challenge of Kart Champs in Brazil

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Another win for Rubens Barrichello in an off-season kart race as he triumphed in Felipe Massa’s International Challenge of Kart Champs at Florianopolis.

Barrichello narrowly won the event from Lucas di Grassi, who is bidding to take Barrichello’s place at Honda in 2009.

The event was split across two races and Barrichello won the first and finished fifth in the other race to score 36 points. Di Grassi made a late pass on Xandhi Negrao in the second race to take third, but that left him one point shy of Barrichello’s total.

Massa, meanwhile, found himself in a similar situation to the F1 championship-decider at Interlagos. He won the second race after a back-and-forth duel with former IRL racer Felipe Giaffone but the championship was decided by where his rivals finished behind him. Barrichello’s fifth place was enough to grab the overall win.

Massa was third on 31 points ahead of di Grassi (26) and Negro (21).

Massa won the event, which he runs, in 2006. Michael Schumacher returned to defend his 2007 crown but retired in the second race with a broken kart.

Past F1 racers involved in the event included Tarso Marques, Roberto Moreno, Ricardo Zonta, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Luciano Burti and Luca Badoer.

Barrichello’s victory comes two weeks after his team won the 500 Milhas de Kart Granja Viana.