With 15 wins in the WTCC and two third place finishes in the drivers’ championship, Augusto’s maiden season with Hyundai Motorsport in the WTCR promises to be one-to-watch. The passion for racing caught Augusto at a very young age. At only 6 years old, he began riding mini-motorcycles in his hometown of Curitiba, quickly establishing his talent and earning himself the moniker ‘Magic Motorcycle Boy’. He progressed to karting in 1992, and by the end of his first season had clinched the Paranaense Championship. After sealing numerous national titles, Augusto caught the eye of Italian team, CRG, and in 1999 he moved to Europe to compete as one of their official drivers. This led to progression into a successful single-seater racing, in which Augusto was crowned European Formula Renault champion in 2001 and European Formula 3000 champion in 2003. Augusto began his touring car career in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) before going on to contest in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
Two rounds of FIA GT World Cup
Two rounds of the FIA GT World Cup
All rounds of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (10)
All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (24)
All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (20)
All rounds of the Euro 3000 (9)
All rounds of Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup (10)
Q1.Who is your motorsport idol?
Ayrton Senna (as I am Brazilian, it’s the standard answer!)
Q2.What are your hobbies?
Family, remote controlled planes / helicopters / drones, running.
Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?
Wherever my family is and wherever I can find warm weather.
Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a race driver?
My grandfather invented a Churrasqueira in Brazil and all of my family works in this business. We have many restaurants so this would have been a potential career path for me.
Q5.What is your favorite food?
Food cooked by my wife. She is pretty good! If I wasn’t a professional athlete, I could easily survive on pizza, sushi and ice cream.
Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words
Loyal, honest, racer.