Rafael Sperafico

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Rafael Sperafico

Rafael Sperafico (22 April 1981 – 9 December 2007) was a Brazilian racing driver. He was the cousin of fellow racing drivers Ricardo and Rodrigo, and also related to Alexandre.[1] He was born in Toledo, Paraná.

Career[edit]

Barber Dodge[edit]

Sperafico competed in the United States-based Barber Dodge Pro Series from 2000 to 2002, finishing as championship runner-up in his final year.

Euro F3000[edit]

Sperafico moved to Europe for 2003 to compete in the Euro Formula 3000 series, where he finished 15th in the championship with two points. He thus followed in the footsteps of his relatives Ricardo, Rodrigo and Alexandre, who had all previously competed in the FIA International version of the series.

Renault Clio Cup[edit]

In 2006, Sperafico took part in the Renault Super Clio Cup Brazil, finishing fourth in the championship.

Death[edit]

On 9 December 2007, Sperafico was driving in a Stock Car Light race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, supporting the season finale of the main Stock Car Brasil championship in which his older cousins Ricardo and Rodrigo were both competing. On lap six of the race, Sperafico lost control of his car on the fast left-hand corner immediately before the start-finish straight (Subida dos Boxes) and speared into the retaining wall on the right-hand side of the circuit at high speed. The force of the impact saw the damaged car rebound onto the racing line, where it was t-boned by Renato Russo, triggering a pile-up involving several other drivers. The race was stopped and the circuit's medical personnel arrived on the scene quickly, but Sperafico died at the scene from massive head injuries. Russo also suffered severe head injuries and was taken to hospital, where he was in a serious but stable condition. Several other drivers were treated for minor injuries.[2] Russo was released from hospital on 17 December.[3]

On the same day, Sperafico's cousin, Rodrigo, became runner-up of the 2007 Stock Car Brasil Championship.[2] Gustavo Sondermann, Rafael Sperafico's team-mate at the time, was killed four years later in an almost identical crash at the same corner.[4]

Complete motorsports results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 United States
SEB
United States
MIA
United States
NAZ
United States
LRP
United States
DET
United States
CLE
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
United States
RAT
United States
HMS
5
23rd 5
2001 United States
SEB
6
United States
PIR
3
United States
LRP1
4
United States
LRP2
7
United States
DET
14
United States
CLE
16
Canada
TOR
18
United States
CHI
10
United States
MDO
12
United States
ROA
12
Canada
VAN
8
United States
LS
3
7th 84
2002 United States
SEB
22
United States
LRP
3
United States
LAG
1
United States
POR
5
Canada
TOR
11
United States
CLE
5
Canada
VAN
2
United States
MDO
2
United States
ROA
8
Canada
MTL
3
2nd 119

Complete Euro Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2003 ADM Motorsport Germany
NÜR1
9
France
MAG
12
Italy
PER
Ret
Italy
MON
Ret
Belgium
SPA
Ret
United Kingdom
DON
9
Czech Republic
BRN
5
Spain
JER
Italy
CAG
15th 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rafael Sperafico killed at Interlagos". grandprix.com. 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Rafael Sperafico dies in Brazilian race". motorsport.com. 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Renato Russo is released from hospital". stockcar2007.com.br. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. ^ Honorio, Rafael (2011-04-03). "Após acidente, Gustavo Sondermann tem morte cerebral confirmada". globoesporte.globo.com (in Portuguese) (Organizações Globo). Retrieved 2011-04-04. 

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