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Clemente Lunardi Wins, Constantino Junior Takes Points Lead

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Clemente Lunardi held off first race one winner Ricardo Baptista, then Constantino Junior, to score victory in the second Porsche Cup Brazil at Curitiba.

Lunardi had to fight up from fifth on the grid, taking the lead on the third lap shadowed by Baptista who had started the race eighth on a grid where the top eight finishers were reversed.

Erstwhile polesitter Charles Reed had lost the lead early on to fellow front row starter Daniel Paludo and eventually fell back to seventh by the end of the race, one place and three seconds behind Paludo at the checkered flag.

After missing out on the top ten due to a puncture in the first race Cristiano Piquet raced back to fifth in the second race behind Marcel Visconde. The big casualty of the top finishers from the opening race was Marcelo Franco. Running in the lead group he ran off onto the wet grass, brushing the wall before spinning across the track, fortunately without being collected by any of the chasing pack.

At the head of the race Baptista was another to make a mistake, ending his battle for the lead with Lunardi. A mistake at the Baixa S on lap twelve dropped him to third – just ahead of Visconde – while Junior who was now closing in for the lead.

The top two ended the race just 0.665 second apart, Lunardi taking the victory. Junior's second place, coupled with his result in the first race was enough to lift him into the championship lead.

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