PILOT: FERNANDO CROCE
Full name: Fernando Croce
Born: September 13, 1982
Age 35 years old
Place of birth: Ribeirão Preto (SP)
Current Residence: Jaú (SP)
AUTOMOBILISMO: KART – ITAIPAVA GT BRAZIL – GT BRASIL – GT SPRINT – AUTO GP TEST – F3 BRAZIL – SUPER TROPHY LAMBORGHINI – WORLD FINAL – GT ITALIANO – BRAZILIAN TOURISM
Stock Car: 2018;
Kart 2018: Paulista – Rotax – Brazilian – World Cup;
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europa and World Final 2018.
Multi Kart Champion with more than 30 wins.
He was born in Ribeirão Preto and grew up in the city of Jaú. He is the son of the businessman and pilot Fernando Croce, a veteran of kartism, whose main achievements in our sport were Copa Brasil in 2006 and 2008, both for the Super category. Senior. And 4 times Vice Champion Brazilian Kart, also excelled in Super Kart in the years of 83 and 84 with victories, podiums and important achievements. In recent times also competed, alongside the children, in the GT category in national and international motoring. Participated in races in various categories and street circuits, ran alongside great riders of the time as Emerson Fittipaldi in various race tracks and kart tracks of the country and the world. Fernando Croce Filho started his automobile career in Kart, with 15 years in 1997, in the interior of São Paulo where he won several titles. Soon after, he started running in São Paulo. At this time, Croce attended Business Management, which did not allow participation in all competitions.
In 2003, he participated in the Formula Ford stage, with a great highlight coming in 9th place (first competition in the category), with 18 riders on the grid. In the years 2004 and 2005, he dedicated himself to working in the family business. In 2006, he participated in kart racing, but was overweight for the category, and did not win any title in the year. Thus, in 2007, at age 25 began to compete in Senior category A, where he won the first of several titles. In the following five years (2008,2009,2010,2011,2012), there were many victories and more than 10 titles in the Kart. From 2011 and 2012, he participated in some races at Itaipava GT Brasil, with Viper Competition, and in GT Brasil, with Corvette ZO6R. His debut in Europe was in 2013, the first season in the Sprint GT, riding a Ferrari 458. In this period, Croce won 6 podiums (4 wins in Brazil and 2 in Europe – in Portimão (Portugal) and Vallelunga (Italy). in 6th place in the Sprint GT, even without participating in the first stage of the championship.
In the year 2014, participated in some stages Formula 3 Brazil conquering the 3rd place in F3 Brazil 6th – Velopark Stage; in the same year he was Bi Champion of the Brazil Kart Cup. In 2015 he competed in the F3 Brazil championships of Hitech Racing, finishing in 8th place in the championship, and took part in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final – 4th Place – best result in Sebring, Florida. He returned to international motorsport in 2016, winning Monza victory and leading the championship, but a sad year for the driver who ended up crashing in the Italian championship GT, where in qualifying another driver hit Fernando Croce who had his car in the gravel , resulting in total loss of the Lamborghini car, and leaving the rider away from the runways for treatment and physical therapy. Back in Brazil in 2017, the motorist participated in the Brazilian Touring Championship, by the teams Rsports Racing and Carlos Alves, with the number 84.
“My goal is victory, and I am very persevering, dedicated, focused and interested … I am very clear and efficient in what I do and in what I want, and how to make it happen in the face of all odds … the noise, the roar of the engines that competition climate is very good for me, it’s in my blood, it’s very strong! !”
– Fernando Gomes Croce