Tuka Rocha

Christiano "Tuka" Chiaradia Alcoba Rocha (December 13, 1982 – November 17, 2019) was a Brazilian race car driver. He won numerous karting championships in Brazil from 1996 to 2000. Then moved up to South American Formula 3 Lights. In 2002 he moved to Europe to compete in the World Series by Nissan where he was Ricardo Zonta's teammate. In 2004 he competed in Superfund Euro 3000. In 2005 he was a test driver for A1 Team Brazil in the A1 Grand Prix Series and was named one of the team's race drivers for the 2006-2007 season. In 2008 Tuka was chosen to drive the Flamengo's car in Formula Superleague.[2]

Christiano 'Tuka' Rocha
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
BornChristiano Chiaradia Alcoba Rocha[1]
(1982-12-13)December 13, 1982
São Paulo, São Paulo State
DiedNovember 17, 2019(2019-11-17) (aged 36)
Salvador, Bahia
Superleague Formula career
Debut season2008
Current teamFlamengo
Car number7
Starts12
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish15th in 2008

Rocha died on November 17, 2019, three days after being involved in a small airplane crash near Bahia, Brazil.[3] On a private flight from Jundiaí Airport to Maraú-Barra Grande Airport near Maraú the aircraft crashed on landing. The Cessna Citation II burst into flames fatally injuring Tuka Rocha and two others.[4][5]

Racing careerEdit

Superleague Formula recordEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Pts.
2008 Flamengo

Astromega

DON
16
DON
2
NÜR
16
NÜR
16
ZOL
9
ZOL
14
EST
11
EST
10
VAL
4
VAL
18
JER
17
JER
13
15th 171

Complete Stock Car Brasil resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Pos Points
2011 Vogel Motorsport Chevrolet Vectra CTB
21
INT
22
RBP
23
VEL
17
CGD
19
RIO
Ret
INT
Ret
SAL
5
SCZ
20
LON
12
BSB
9
VEL
20
19th 23
2012 BMC Racing Chevrolet Sonic INT
23
CTB
16
VEL
Ret
RBP
Ret
LON
23
RIO
23
SAL
12
CAS
15
TAR
22
CTB
20
BSB
15
INT
18
26th 37
2013 BMC Racing Chevrolet Sonic INT
23
CUR
12
TAR
DNS
SAL
14
BRA
7
CAS
16
RBP
14
CAS
15
VEL
Ret
CUR
14
BRA
19
INT
28
16th 73
2014 RZ Motorsport Chevrolet Sonic INT
1

8
SCZ
1

13
SCZ
2

6
BRA
1

22
BRA
2

7
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

DNS
GOI
1

19
CAS
1

20
CAS
2

10
CUR
1

25
CUR
2

24
VEL
1

Ret
VEL
2

26
SCZ
1

Ret
SCZ
2

DNS
TAR
1

Ret
TAR
2

Ret
SAL
1

15
SAL
2

Ret
CUR
1

10
24th 65
2015 União Química Bassani Peugeot 408 GOI
1

26
RBP
1

15
RBP
2

1
VEL
1

Ret
VEL
2

Ret
CUR
1

23
CUR
2

9
SCZ
1

21
SCZ
1

Ret
CUR
2

18
CUR
1

10
GOI
2

15
CAS
1

30
CAS
2

DNS
CGD
1

Ret
CGD
2

Ret
CUR
1

9
CUR
2

19
TAR
1

20
TAR
2

18
INT
1

19
23rd 58
2016 TMG Racing Chevrolet Sonic CUR
1

Ret
VEL
1

VEL
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

SCZ
1

SCZ
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

CAS
1

CAS
2

INT
1

25th 60
RZ Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze LON
1

16
LON
2

16
CUR
1

9
CUR
2

16
GOI
1

11
GOI
2

16
CRI
1

18
CRI
2

2
INT
1

19
2017 RCM Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze GOI
1

10
GOI
2

17
VEL
1

11
VEL
2

11
SCZ
1

24
SCZ
2

4
CAS
1

Ret
CAS
2

4
CUR
1

Ret
CRI
1

19
CRI
2

13
VCA
1

13
VCA
2

14
LON
1

Ret
LON
2

15
ARG
1

16
ARG
2

11
TAR
1

22
TAR
2

6
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

DNS
INT
1

21
20th 90
2018 Vogel Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze INT
1

19
CUR
1

Ret
CUR
2

11
VEL
1

15
VEL
2

DSQ
LON
1

Ret
LON
2

9
SCZ
1

19
SCZ
2

18
GOI
1

MOU
1

MOU
2

CAS
1

CAS
2

VCA
1

VCA
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

INT
1

31st 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ex-piloto de Stock Car Tuka Rocha morre após acidente aéreo na Bahia". GaúchaZH (in Portuguese). 2019-11-17. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  2. ^ "Rocha confirmed for Flamengo". formulasuperliga.com.br. 20 August 2008. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  3. ^ Bradley, Charles (17 November 2019). "Tuka Rocha succumbs to plane crash injuries in Brazil". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "14-NOV-2019 Cessna 550 Citation II PT-LTJ". Aviation Safety Network. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ Alves, Alan Tiago; Marques, Lílian (14 November 2019). "Aircraft crashes during landing on resort runway, catches fire and leaves 1 dead and 9 injured in Bahia; VIDEO". Globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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