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Massa dedicates Granja Viana victory to new son 07 Dec 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) celebrates the win with Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Julio Campos (BRA) and Dudu Massa (BRA). Granja Viana 500 Kart Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 5 December 2009. Ferrari's Felipe Massa with wife Raffaela and new son Felipinho, December 3, 2009 © Ferrari

Fresh from his heat win at the International Challenge of the Stars just over a week ago, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa went one better this weekend with victory in the 500 Miles of Granja Viana kart race in Cotia, near Sao Paulo.

It was Massa’s first outright motorsport win since fracturing his skull in a qualifying accident at July’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Brazilian dedicated it to his new son Felipinho, who was born just last week.

Along with team mates Lucas di Grassi, tester for the Renault Formula One team, and Stock Car Lights driver Julio Campos, Massa crossed the line first after 644 laps - or just under 11 hours of racing.

“Together with the victory gained in Florianopolis last week this was a very important goal for me after I had dreamt about getting back onto the track for a long time,” he said. “I want to dedicate this victory to my son, it’s my way to say how much I love him.”

It was Massa’s second win at Granja Viana. His first came in 1997’s inaugural race, when he was just 16. This year second place went to a team featuring former Toyota F1 star Ricardo Zonta, while event regular Rubens Barrichello's team came third.

Massa missed the last eight races of the 2009 Formula One season after his Hungaroring accident, in which he was struck on the head by a spring that had come loose from Barrichello's car.

He underwent emergency surgery in Budapest before returning home to Brazil, where he has been recuperating in anticipation of his planned F1 comeback at next year's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.