Felipe Massa’s Desafio Internacional das Estrelas, took place at the Beto Carrero World kart track over the weekend with qualifying, and two races. The grid for the first race was decided by a top 10 run-off of qualifiers and the grid for the second featured the top eight finishers of the first race in reverse order.
In the first qualifying Tonio Liuzzi set the fastest time, but in the top 10 run-off he was knocked back to second place by Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman went on to win the first race while Lucas di Grassi charged through the field to finish second with Liuzzi third. Fernando Alonso qualified 13th with Felipe Massa 15th. On the first lap Alonso went off and ended up classified 21st after retiring with a throttle problem after a second off. Massa finished 10th.
The second race featured local truck racer Beto Monteiro on pole, with Nelson Piquet Jr second and GP2 driver Felipe Nasr third. Nasr battled his way to the front to win from Piquet and Monteiro, while Bianchi charged through to fourth ahead of Liuzzi. With points awarded in both races, Bianchi emerged as the winner from Nasr with di Grassi third. Piquet was fourth with Liuzzi fifth. Massa was eighth and Alonso raced from 21st to 18th but failed to score and so did not figure in the final classification.