I am Fernando Croce, a native of Ribeirao Preto. I started racing karts with 15 years in Jau, SP, the city where I won several times. Soon after, I started running in São Paulo, but spent the weight for the category and in parallel was studying Business Management, which did not allow me to participate in all competitions. In 2003, I attended a stage in Formula Ford, coming in 9th place, as in my first race, with 18 drivers on the grid.
In 2004 and 2005, I dedicated myself to work in the company of my family. The following year, I returned to participate in kart racing, but as yet was overweight for the category, not won any title. Then, in 2007, with 25 years, I have come to compete in the Senior category A, which won the first of several titles. Within five years, it was many victories and more than 10 titles in karting, the result of much effort and dedication.
In 2011 and 2012, I did some races in the Itaipava GT Brazil, with the Viper Competition, and GT Brazil, with the Corvette Z06 R, where I fell in love for touring cars. By lifting new flights in 2013, I made my first season in Europe, GT Sprint, driving a Ferrari 458. In this períodoconquistei six podiums, four in Brazil and two in Europe. Closing the year with a sixth place in the Sprint GT, even without participating in the first stage of the championship.
These three years of GT were important for my learning and experience in touring cars, both very different to drive. The Viper is a gross played and does not admit mistakes, it is a lot of power in the not too balanced car where you need to drive with great responsibility. The Corvette is a very fast car straight, with incredible grip but a little forward, but always room for improvement in hits. The Ferrari is very fast cornering. It has a phenomenal stability, but well played in mild, which requires a lot of patience and precision.
Late last year, I had my first experience with Formula Auto GP, where I did a test day. The model is fast and difficult to drive, requires a lot of experience and training days. Earlier this year, tested in F3 Brazil, the formula is very precise cornering, with a hard, disciplined played. This season, will participate in some stages of F3 Brazil, aiming to gain experience in these cars, always thinking in the search for positive results. In addition, it will also participate in the Brazilian Championship and World Karting!
“… My goal is to win, and I’m very persevering, dedicated, focused and interested … I am very clear and efficient in what I do and what I want, and how to make it happen against all odds … the noise the roar of engines that competition climate is very good for me is in my blood is too strong! “