Henrique Chaves Jr. (born 21 March 1997) is a Portuguese racing driver.
|Born||21 March 1997|
Torres Vedras, Lisbon
|International GT Open career|
|Current team||Teo Martín Motorsport|
|Best finish||1st in 2020|
|European Le Mans Series|
World Series Formula V8 3.5
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
|GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Pro-Am Cup|
International GT Open
Born in Torres Vedras, Chaves entered karting in 2006, when he took the title in the Portuguese Championship and Portuguese Cup in the Cadets Class. Chaves raced in karting until the 2015, collecting further titles in the Rotax Mini Class, Kf3, X30 and X30 Shifter classes of the Portuguese Championship, double title in the X30 class of the Spanish Championship, while his most notable karting achievement was the second place in the KZ2 category of the Spanish championship as well as the second place in the Iame X30 Finals in 2015.
Chaves made his single seaters debut on the 2-litre Formula Renault machinery, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup full-time with AVF. He had twelve point-scoring finishes, while his highest-finishing position was the final race of the season at Hockenheim, where he finished fifth. He had a thirteenth place in the championship. He also has competed in the three round of the 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0].
Chaves stayed for another season with AVF for double full-time campaign in both Eurocup and NEC. He had seven point-scoring finishes in Eurocup and finished the season eleventh. While in the NEC he failed to improve his championship position, having just one finish in the top-five in the first race at Spa.
In 2017 Chaves concentrated on Eurocup, continuing with AVF. Henrique managed to score his first podium in the Formula Renault category, when he finished second in the first race at Silverstone. But he wasn't able to keep the momentum and after a couple of difficult races in Monaco and Pau he went on to score eight more point-scoring finishes, which led him to the twelfth place in the drivers' standings.
World Series Formula V8 3.5Edit
Chaves expanded his collaboration with AVF into the World Series Formula V8 3.5, joining them for the finale at Bahrain International Circuit. He won his debut race, starting from the front row of the grid. He was the seventh driver to achieve a debut win in this series since it started in 1998. In the second race of the weekend he again started from the front row, however this time he got collected by Alfonso Celis Jr. who dived from far beck on his inside, costing Chaves another highly probable podium result.
European Le Mans SeriesEdit
Chaves decided to switch to sports car racing, joining the LMP2 class with AVF in the 2018 European Le Mans Series. On his first season in this championship, Chaves showed good race craft and maturity for someone his age, although the results don't demonstrate his true performance on track. Chaves started the season by setting the fastest overall lap during the European Le Mans Series Prologue. He went on to put his LMP2 car in the podium positions for the first half of the race in Monza before the team withdraw with electrical issues. He continued to show his pace in Silverstone with a comeback from tenth on the grid to second place over a triple stint effort and in Portimão he was able to pass the car over in third place, just before his teammate run into to LMP3 cars and forced the team to withdraw the car with irreparable damage.
International GT OpenEdit
2019 saw Chaves make the switch into GT racing. He switched to Teo Martin Motorsport, another Spanish team that has been racing GT3 machinery for several years. Chaves teamed up with the Croatian Martin Kodric in the debutant McLaren 720s GT3 for the season. Chaves started the season well with a second place in Paul Ricard on his first ever race with GT3 cars. The season continued and he managed to score five more podiums, two fastest laps and a win at the season finale where the car number 59 still was in contention for the title. They end up finishing third place overall tied with the second, while registering the best championship result of any McLaren 720s GT3 worldwide in the year 2019.
The partnership with Teo Martin Motorsport carried on while Miguel Ramos joined Chaves in an attempt for the overall championship win in 2020. Chaves left no doubt about his capabilities in 2020 and clinched the title after a dramatic season finale where their most direct competitor has thrown the McLaren number 59 off track, leaving the car stranded on the gravel on the last lap of the last race of the championship. He won two times, stood on the podium six times and was seven times the fastest on track. Once again his car was the best representative of all the McLaren GT3 cars racing around the world by winning the International GT Open Title.
|2015||Formula Renault 2.0 NEC||AVF||16||0||0||0||0||101||13th|
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||7||0||0||0||0||N/A||NC†|
|2016||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||AVF by Adrián Vallés||16||0||0||0||0||39||11th|
|Formula Renault 2.0 NEC||14||0||0||0||0||106||15th|
|2017||Formula Renault Eurocup||AVF||23||0||0||0||1||53||12th|
|Formula Renault NEC||3||0||0||0||0||N/A||NC†|
|World Series Formula V8 3.5||2||1||0||1||1||35||13th|
|2018||European Le Mans Series||AVF by Adrián Vallés||6||0||0||0||0||6||23rd|
|2019||International GT Open||Teo Martín Motorsport||14||1||0||2||6||116||3rd|
|FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup||Team Portugal||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||10th|
|2020||International GT Open||Teo Martín Motorsport||12||2||1||6||6||114||1st|
|2021||GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup||Barwell Motorsport||9||0||0||0||0||0||NC|
|GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup - Pro-Am||9||5||4||4||8||125||1st|
|GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup||1||0||0||0||0||0||NC*|
|GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup - Pro-Am||1||0||0||0||1||15||3rd*|
† As Chaves was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. * Season still in progress.
Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit
|2018||AVF by Adrián Vallés||LMP2||Dallara P217||Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8||LEC
‡ Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.
Complete GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2021||Barwell Motorsport||Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo||Pro-Am||MAG
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- "Spanish Championship - KZ2 2015 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- Khorounzhiy, Valentin (3 March 2015). "AVF announce Eurocup, NEC lineups". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- Allen, Peter (16 December 2015). "Seven Eurocup teams named for 2016, plus more drivers". formulascout.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- "Already more than 20 drivers entered for the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup !". 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- Waring, Bethonie (16 November 2017). "Egor Orudzhev to miss Formula V8 3.5 title decider". formulascout.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
AVF will also run an additional third car for its Formula Renault graduate Henrique Chaves.
- Waring, Bethonie (17 November 2017). "Fittipaldi wins FV8 3.5 title in Bahrain, Chaves victorious on debut". formulascout.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- Woollard, Craig (18 November 2017). "World Series FV8 3.5 ends in Bahrain with a Rene Binder victory". formulascout.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- "AVF signs Henrique Chaves for 2018 ELMS season". endurance-info.com. Endurance-Info. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.