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Grand Prix 2: Mauricio Gugelmin - 1988 Portuguese GP [13/16]

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Published on Feb 16, 2013

Driver: #15 Mauricio Gugelmin (Brazil)
Car: Leyton House March 881
Engine: Judd CV, 3496 cc, 76° V8, Normally Aspirated
Grand Prix 2 power rating in race/qualifying: 570/590 HP
Tyres: Goodyear 'B' compound
Gearbox: March 6-speed manual
Difficulty: Ace (no driver aids)

Ivan Capelli finished 3rd from 9th on the grid. A great day for March-Judd, who have now moved up to 3rd in the constructor's championship, eight points behind Ferrari and five ahead of Benetton-Ford. McLaren-Honda have already won and are on 122.
I lapped everyone up to and including 4th place, despite making four pit stops. Scored the fastest lap of the race, which was under a second off my qualifying time.
Capelli's fastest lap was 3rd, once again confirming the suitability of the light & nimble 881 chassis on this tight and twisty circuit. Senna retired due to transmission failure. Technically the driver's championship is within reach with three races remaining:

1. Alain Prost (F) - 66
2. Ayrton Senna (Br) - 56
3. Mauricio Gugelmin (Br) - 42
4. Thierry Boutsen (B) - 38
5. Gerhard Berger (A) - 36
6. Nelson Piquet (Br) - 31
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9. Ivan Capelli (I) - 7

Note: In 1988, the 'best 11 results' rule counted. This may affect the championship outcome, but it is unlikely. In real life, Prost scored more points than Senna, but Senna won because his best 11 scored higher. In this simulated season Prost can only score once more before he has to start dropping points. Senna and Gugelmin can finish all three races in the points without having to drop any.

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