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Mil Milhas Brasil

The Mil Milhas Brasil (also known as the Mil Milhas Brasileiras or 1000 Miles of Brazil in Portuguese) is a sports car endurance race held annually in Brazil since 1956.

The first Mil Milhas was organized by Eloy Gagliano and Wilson Fittipaldi Sr., the father of Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior and Emerson Fittipaldi. The two had been inspired by the 1949 Italian Mille Miglia. Wilson Fittipaldi Sr. was a journalist and brought media as well as sponsors such as auto parts companies to support the event. The first event was held on November 24–25, 1956 with 31 sports cars competing at the Interlagos circuit.

The Mil Milhas has been held nearly every year since its inception and is one of the longest running motor racing events in Brazil. Nearly every running has used the Interlagos circuit, but the 1997 and 1999 events were held at Jacarepaguá and Curitiba respectively.

In 2007, the race was held as a part of the Le Mans Series, the first time the race had been part of an international championship. The event had previously been supported as a non-championship event in the BPR Global GT Series as well as the FIA GT Championship. FIA GT planned to add the event to their calendar in 2007, but chose to hand the event instead to Le Mans Series organizers.

Zeca Giaffone holds the record of most wins, having won in 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989.

Winners on 8 km trackEdit

Year Drivers Car
1956   Catharino Andreatta
  Breno Fornari
Carretera Ford
1957   Aristides Bertuol
  Orlando Menegaz
Carretera Chevrolet
1958   Catharino Andreatta
  Breno Fornari
Carretera Ford
1959   Catharino Andreatta
  Breno Fornari
Carretera Ford
1960   Chico Landi
  Christian Heins
Alfa Romeo JK 2000
1961   Italo Bertão
  Orlando Menegaz
Chevrolet Corvette
1962
–64
Not held
1965   Justino de Maio
  Victoria Azzalin
Carretera Chevrolet
1966   Camilo Christófaro
  Eduardo Celidôneo
Chevrolet Corvette
1967   Luiz Bueno
  Luiz Terra Smith
Interlagos Mark 1
1968
–69
Not held
1970   Abílio Diniz
  Alcides Diniz
Alfa Romeo GTA 2000
1971
–72
Not held
1973   Bird Clemente
  Nilson Clemente
Ford Maverick 4800
1974
–80
Not held
1981   Zeca Giaffone
  Affonso Giaffone Filho
  Chico Serra
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1982 Not held
1983   Fausto Wajchenberg
  Vicente Corrêa
  Valdir Silva
Volkswagen Passat
1984   Zeca Giaffone
  Reinaldo Campello
  Maurizio Sandro Sala
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1985   Paulo Gomes
  Fábio Sotto Mayor
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1986   Zeca Giaffone
  Affonso Giaffone Filho
  Walter Travaglini
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1987   Luís Pereira
  Marcos Gracia
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1988   Zeca Giaffone
  Luís Pereira
  Walter Travaglini
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1989   Zeca Giaffone
  Walter Travaglini
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car

Winners on 4.3 km trackEdit

1990   Carlos Alves
  José Carlos Dias
Chevrolet Opala Stock Car
1991 Not held
1992   Klaus Heitkotter
  Jurgen Weis
  Marc Gindorf
BMW M3 2300
1993   Antônio Hermann
  Franz Konrad
  Franz Prangemeier
Porsche 911
1994   Wilson Fittipaldi
  Christian Fittipaldi
Porsche 911 RSR
1995   Wilson Fittipaldi
  Antônio Hermann
  Franz Konrad
Porsche 993
1996   André Lara Resende
  Roberto Keller
  Roberto Aranha
Porsche 911
1997   Nelson Piquet
  Johnny Cecotto
  Steve Soper
McLaren F1 GTR
1998   Tom Stefani
  André Grillo
  Júlio Fernandes
AS Vectra 2.0
1999   Beto Borghesi
  Jair Bana
  Luciano Borghesi
Aldee AP-2000
2000 Not held
2001   André Lara Resende
  Régis Schuch
  Max Wilson
  Flávio Trindade
Porsche 911 GT3
2002   Régis Schuch
  Flávio Trindade
  Raul Boesel
Porsche 911 GT3
2003   Ingo Hoffmann
  Xandy Negrão
  Ricardo Etchenique
  Fernando Nabuco
Porsche 911 GT3
2004   Stefano Zonca
  Angelo Lancelotti
  Fabrizio Gollin
Dodge Viper GTS-R
2005   Xandy Negrão
  Xandynho Negrão
  Guto Negrão
  Giuliano Losacco
Audi TT DTM
2006   Nelson Piquet
  Nelsinho Piquet
  Christophe Bouchut
  Hélio Castroneves
Aston Martin DBR9
2007   Nicolas Minassian
  Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
2008   Raul Boesel
  Max Wilson
  Marcel Visconde
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

ReferencesEdit

  • "Mil Milhas Brasileiras". Motor Racing Circuits Database. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  • "Endurance – Mil Milhas Brasileiras" (in Portuguese). Cronospeed. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  • "Tópícos" (in Portuguese). Autódromo de Interlagos – "José Carlos Pace". Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-12-01.

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