Past/Present: Taking Stock Car to the next level

Red Bull Racing’s perfect start in Brazil reminds us of another great Southern Hemisphere team.

The cars of Red Bull Racing lead the way in Brazil
The cars of Red Bull Racing lead the way in Brazil© Bruno Terena/Red Bull Content Pool

NOW: 2013

Daniel Serra ended his weekend in Tarumã on top of the podium after also claiming pole and the fastest lap of the race. Serrinha’s win in the third round of the 2013 Brazilian Stock Car Series made it back-to-back victories following his equally stunning drive in Curitiba last time out.

This latest victory puts Serrinha in control of the championship table as he leads his team-mate Carlos ‘Cacá’ Bueno in second place by nine points. With Cacá Bueno winning the season opener in São Paulo it means Red Bull Racing have had a driver on the top step of the podium at every stop of this year’s Brazilian Stock Car Series so far.

The pressure being exerted by Red Bull Racing led rival driver Thiago Camilo to congratulate himself on being “the first among the mortals” when he finished second behind Serrinha in Tarumã.

The consistency of Red Bull Racing has already seen the team open up a lead of nearly 30 points as they defend their constructors’ championship title. 

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes on patrol
Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes on patrol© Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

THEN: 2009

Team Vodafone began their 2009 V8 Supercar title defence with a clean sweep by reigning champion Jamie Whincup who won both races of the Clipsal 500, the season’s curtain raiser in Adelaide. Very similar to what happened at the start of the 2013 Brazilian Stock Car Series with defending champion Cacá Bueno winning the first race of the season in São Paulo.

After Adelaide there was victory for Whincup next time out as he completed a double victory at the Hamilton 400. This maintained Team Vodafone’s perfect start to the 2009 season just as Serrinha’s victory in Curitiba kept up Red Bull Racing’s 100% record in Brazil this year.

Further parallels came in the third race of their respective seasons. It was Whincup’s Team Vodafone team-mate Craig Lowndes who dominated the third stop of the season just as Serrinha’s follow-up win at the weekend in Tarumã proved there is no dead weight in the Brazilian team either.

But what happened at the end of that 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series for Team Vodafone? Well Jamie Whincup successfully defended his title and team-mate Craig Lowndes ended the season with a few more race wins to his name.

Not much has changed with both drivers still leading the charge for Triple 8 Engineering in the V8 Supercars, although the race team has now been renamed Red Bull Racing Australia.

Daniel Serra wins in Tarumã
Daniel Serra wins in Tarumã© Bruno Terena/Red Bull Content Pool