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Sim Racing Bonanza Trip to Brazil - Interlagos Race Weekend

Discussion in 'Stock Car Extreme' started by Marcel Kleene, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. Marcel Kleene

    Marcel Kleene
    Premium Member

    Bom dia galera ....

    Just came back from my holidays in Brazil, where I had the big pleasure of being a VIP Guest of Reiza Studios at the final Race of the Brazilian Stock Car Championship. Wow, what a weekend I spent in Sao Paulo. A really great and unforgettable experience.

    The package I bought with the Sim Racing Bonanza included a trip from Switzerland to Brazil, including everything you can imagine. (Hotel, Transport to the Track, VIP at the Track, Meet and great with some Drivers, Dinners on Friday and Saturday)

    We arrived on Friday 11th in Sao Paulo around 3 pm. In the Hotel Renato had already reserved my room and we could check in without any problem. As I told Renato that I will attend a football game in the evening, he decided to arrive later, since we anyway wouldn't go to track on Friday. So after Check-in we moved to the famous Morumbi Stadion, where we were part of history, as Rogerio Ceni (one of greatest Goalkeepers ever) had his last game of his career for Sao Paulo FC, which is my favourite team in Brazil since 25 years. What a atmosphere in this stadion. Just unbelievable. I have been at the world cup last year, but it didn't even get close to the atmosphere we experienced that night in Sao Paulo.

    On Saturday morning (still drunk from last night game) I met Renato for the first time. Just had slept about 2 hours. First impression of me might have been a little strange for Renato :) But I immediately felt "at home". Renato was together with a friend and both were great guys. Really easy going and friendly. So after a quick breakfast, we moved to the Interlagos track. As the hotel was near to the track, it only took us about 10 minutes. I have been twice in Interlagos for a Formula 1 Race, but this one was really special. Being able to drive with the car into the Track Area was a great feeling. We had a VIP Pass where we could access really every part. Pit Lane, Behind the boxes, all VIP Areas above the Boxes, Paddock Club...etc. This was great. After arriving we first went behind the boxes to see if we can meet some drivers. And it didn't took long time and I stood in front of Rubens Barrichello. Meanwhile the first Formula 3 Race was on... and we went to the different VIP Areas to see the race. I should mention that it was not only the Stock Car Race at that weekend, but it was all Day Action with 5 categories (Stock Car, Brasiliero de Turismo, Copa Petrobras das Marcas, Mercedes Challenge and Formula 3). So we spent the whole day at the track enjoying our VIP Status visiting all the possible areas. At the evening Renato took us to a Restaurante where we had dinner and few beers. As I was tired from last night already I decided to go to the Hotel and have a good sleep, as on Sunday the action continued with the main Race - The final of the Stock Car season where 3 drivers still could be the champion.

    On Sunday morning we went early to the track, at 07.30 am. This time Fabio showed up as well. Was a pleasure to meet him as well. There were much more people as on Saturday. The atmosphere was great. We went to the Paddock Club to see the main race, as from their you can see most of the track. As as VIP we had the best places including nice buffet with food and drinks. Again, unforgettable experience. Rubinho, Caca and Marcos, the three fighting for the title crashed in the first lap, so the championship was decided already after the first lap. But still quite some action on track. Marcos, the winner of the Season was crowned. And the winner of the Race was Atila Abreu.

    After the Stock Car Race, the Pit Lane was open for VIP Guest, and we could walk there around and take pictures. What a feeling. I felt like a little "Bernie" :). And these pitgirls...wowowowow...

    After that we watched the Mercedes Challenge, where there was a huge crash at the start, involving various cars. Cool action :)

    At last we watched the Race of Copa Petrobras das Marcas.

    At around 2pm, we had to say Bye to Renato and Fabio, as I still had a 4 hours drive back to Ubatuba, where I spent another week on the beach.

    I like to thank Renato, Fabio and the whole Reiza Team who made this possible. It was the best Race Action Experience I ever had. Being a VIP at such an event feels unbelievable good. I hope they come up with something similar in the future and I would recommend such a trip to everybody. I will be there again :)

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  2. Marcel Kleene

    Marcel Kleene
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  3. Msportdan

    @ Simberia @Simberia

    brilliant .. thanks for sharing.... sounds and looked awesome.

    have a great festive season!!

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  4. Kenny Paton

    Kenny Paton
    Backmarker Champion 2015 & so far this year. Staff Premium Member

    What a brilliant experience for you, thanks for sharing it with us and for the great photos. I would wish you a merry christmas but it kinda came early for you.:D
    So have a great new year instead.
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  5. Paul Garrett

    Paul Garrett
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    What a great trip! Would love to go some day. Would also love to meet Rubens - he's always been a favorite of mine and seems like a really classy guy. I saw him at the Indy race in Detroit a few years ago but sadly never got the chance to actually meet him.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
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  6. xnorb

    Premium Member

    Thanks for sharing.
    IMO once you step down from F1 you are able to get much closer to the racing which makes the experience much better.
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  7. Renato Simioni

    Renato Simioni
    Reiza Studios

    It was a great pleasure for us too Marcel :) Really glad you enjoyed it!

    I´m taking the liberty of moving your report to the public forum so more people can enjoy it.
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  8. That was cool man!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  9. Joshua Spann Jr

    Joshua Spann Jr
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