Massa returns to action in charity karting event

BY foxsports • November 29, 2009

Massa started 11th in the "International Challenge of the Stars" race in southern Brazil, which he was hosting for the fifth straight year to aid local charities.

"It was a great return to racing," Massa said. "I felt 100 percent and I'm ready for the next one. I wish I could've won the race, but it was a victory to come from the back and finish where I finished."

It was the first time Massa had raced since sustaining multiple skull fractures in a crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 25. The Ferrari driver missed the rest of the season because of the accident but will be back in F1 next year.

Schumacher, Massa's former teammate at Ferrari, started from sixth place and was running third until the final laps of the 30-minute race on Saturday, but Indy Racing League driver Vitor Meira and F1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi touched their karts while fighting for the lead, allowing Schumacher to easily move past them and win.

Schumacher, the event winner in 2007, also clocked the best lap at the new track designed by Massa and Renault test driver Lucas Di Grassi, who finished fourth. Liuzzi was second and Meira fifth.

Nelson Piquet Jr., involved in an F1 scandal after crashing on purpose in last year's Singapore GP to help former Renault teammate Fernando Alonso win the race, started from the pole and led most of the race before an engine problem left him ninth in the 25-driver event.

Veteran F1 driver Rubens Barrichello finished sixth, while IRL's Tony Kanaan was seventh.

Another race will be held at the same track on Sunday, and an overall winner will be crowned with points added after both races.

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