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Petecof is the best Stock Car's rookie in the last 15 years

In his first full season in Stock Car Pro Series, Gianluca Petecof has been the name of the moment with 75% of the championship in 2023. After a difficult start, when he did not score points in three of the four races of the first two rounds, in Goiânia and Interlagos, the 20-year-old made an impressive reaction. Considering the results from the fifth weekend of the year, he is the highest scorer, with 169 points out of a possible 280.

Pics: José Mário Dias

The driver has the best performance of a rookie driver in the biggest Brazilian category since Átila Abreu in 2008. Petecof is in seventh place at the moment and has everything he needs to finish the year in an even better position: he is just six points behind Rafael Suzuki, fourth in the table, and 15 behind Thiago Camilo, third. In relation to leader Gabriel Casagrande, the distance is a little greater: 48 points with three rounds to go.

After nine stages of the championship, Petecof has already advanced twice to Q3, the last part of qualifying training, and was nine thousandths away from pole position in Buenos Aires. In racing, he has already achieved three podiums: a second place in the Velocitta and two thirds, one in Velopark and another in Argentina.

Rookie performance with 75% of the championship in Stock Car in thsi century:

Cacá Bueno – 4º (2002)

Átila Abreu – 6º (2008)

Gianluca Petecof – 7º (2023)

Marcos Gomes – 7º (2007)

Daniel Serra – 8º (2007)

Rubens Barrichello – 8º (2013)

Giuliano Losacco – 10º (2003)

Felipe Fraga – 14º (2014)

Ricardo Maurício – 16º (2005)

Thiago Camilo – 18º (2003)


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