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Ricardo Maurício (born January 7, 1979 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian racing driver. He currently drives in the Stock Car Brasil series, which he won in 2008. Prior to this he raced in several European single-seater formulae, winning the Spanish Formula Three Championship and recording podium finishes in International Formula 3000.

Ricardo Maurício
NationalityBrazilian
Born (1979-01-07) January 7, 1979 (age 40)
São Paulo (Brazil)
Stock Car Brasil career
Debut season2004
Current teamEurofarma RC
Car no.90
Former teamsKatálogo Racing
Andreas Mattheis Motorsport
L&M Racing
WA Mattheis
Starts75
Wins9
Poles?
Fastest laps?
Best finish1st in 2008
Previous series
2009–2010
20072009
2004
2003
19992002
1997–1998
1996
Brasil GT3 Championship
TC 2000
World of Outlaws
Spanish Formula Three
International Formula 3000
British Formula 3
Formula Vauxhall
Championship titles
2012
2009
2008
2003
1995
Brasileiro de Marcas
TC 2000 Copa Endurance Series
Stock Car Brasil
Spanish Formula Three
Brazilian Formula Ford

CareerEdit

Formula Vauxhall/OpelEdit

After some time spent kart racing, Maurício moved up to formula racing in Brazil and won the local Formula Ford championship in 1995. For 1996, he moved to Europe, where he competed in Formula Vauxhall, finishing fourth in the championship. At the end of the year he took part in the 1996 EFDA Nations Cup for Formula Opel cars, representing Brazil alongside compatriot Wagner Ebrahim and taking third place.

British Formula 3Edit

For 1997, Maurício drove for the works TOM'S-Toyota team in the British Formula 3 Championship, finishing joint 11th place in the championship with Darren Manning and just behind Kevin McGarrity, the best-placed driver with a TOM'S chassis. At the end of the season he moved to the Alan Docking Racing team to compete in the Macau Grand Prix, but failed to finish the race.

He remained in the championship for 1998, driving an ADR-run Dallara chassis, and improved to seventh place overall, with two podium finishes, well ahead of teammates Yudai Igarashi and Miku Santavirta. However, his performance was overshadowed by his compatriots Mario Haberfeld, Enrique Bernoldi and Luciano Burti, who dominated the championship between them, taking the top three positions in the drivers' standings.[1] He switched to champion team Paul Stewart Racing for the Macau Grand Prix, and finished the race in second place behind Peter Dumbreck.

Formula 3000Edit

Maurício moved up to International Formula 3000 for the 1999 season, driving for Super Nova alongside Jason Watt, but after a difficult start he was dropped after three races in favour of David Saelens. He moved to the Red Bull Junior Team-backed team run by Helmut Marko, replacing Markus Friesacher and partnering Bernoldi. Despite failing to qualify for three of the remaining races in a heavily-oversubscribed field of drivers, he scored his first point at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, placing him 22nd in the championship.

He stayed with the team alongside Bernoldi for 2000, making up for a seven-race run of retirements at the start of the season by securing his first podium finish in the category at the Hungaroring, improving his final championship position to 17th. He was, however, overshadowed somewhat by Bernoldi, who scored just one more point but lost the lead in two races due to mechanical problems.[2]

Maurício began the 2001 season without a drive, despite initially being reconfirmed at the Red Bull Junior Team alongside Patrick Friesacher, who replaced the Formula One-bound Bernoldi.[3] The seat was taken by Antonio García for the first four rounds of the championship, but Maurício resumed it thereafter, becoming a consistent points-scorer on his way to eighth in the championship, including two more podium finishes.[4]

Maurício remained at the team for 2002, but it was a disappointing season for him as he dropped to ninth in the championship, and was consistently outperformed by Friesacher. The highlight of the year was a podium finish in front of his home fans at the Interlagos circuit, where he completed a Brazilian 1-2-3-4 finish with Rodrigo Sperafico, Haberfeld and Antônio Pizzonia. However, he was best remembered for his large crash at Monza, in which his car was launched into a series of aerial rolls after running into the back of Rob Nguyen.[5]

Spanish Formula ThreeEdit

Dropped by the Red Bull Junior Team and unable to find an F3000 drive, Maurício stepped back to the Spanish Formula Three Championship, where he drove for the Racing Engineering team, initially sponsored by Marlboro. He won the championship, winning six of the thirteen races, ahead of local drivers Daniel Martin, Borja García and Andy Soucek, and comfortably ahead of a succession of six teammates. However, this series was less prestigious than the F3 championships in other countries, and was not enough to advance his formula racing career any further, despite topping a World Series by Renault test session during the winter off-season period.

Stock Car BrasilEdit

 
Maurício driving his RC Competições-run Chevrolet Astra in the 2009 Stock Car Brasil season.

For 2004, Maurício returned to Brazil to take part in the Stock Car Brasil championship, a common location for Brazilian ex-single seater drivers. He took part in five races for the Katálogo Racing and Andreas Mattheis Motorsport teams, finishing 23rd in the championship driving a Chevrolet Astra, taking a podium finish and fastest lap in the process. The following year he committed to a full season in the series, driving a similar car run by the L&M Racing team. Another podium finish and fastest lap saw him improve to 16th in the championship.

Maurício returned to Katálogo for 2006, for whom he drove a Mitsubishi Lancer. He took his first pole position in the series and broke into the top ten in the drivers' standings for the first time. In 2007 he returned to Andreas Mattheis and the Chevrolet Astra in the form of the WA Mattheis team, a new outfit formed by the association of Mattheis and William Lube. He improved to ninth in the championship, taking his first win in the process.

For 2008, WA Mattheis switched cars to the Peugeot 307, which Maurício took to championship victory with five wins from the twelve races, narrowly beating the Astras of Marcos Gomes and Thiago Camilo in the process. It was Peugeot's first championship win in Stock Car Brasil history. In 2009, he moved to the RC Competições team, and once again raced an Astra. He was unable to successfully defend his championship, losing it to Cacá Bueno.

He remained with RC Competições for 2010, driving a Chevrolet Vectra. He won two races and finished third in the championship, behind teammate Max Wilson and Bueno.

Brazilian GT3Edit

Maurício first competed in the GT3 Brasil Championship in 2009, winning four races for WB Motorsport and finishing fourth in the championship. For 2010, he drove a Lamborghini Gallardo with Bruno Garfinkel for the Scuderia 111 team and finished tenth in the championship.

Other seriesEdit

Since his move into stock car racing, Maurício has also made occasional appearances in the American World of Outlaws series and the Argentine TC 2000 championship, winning the TC 2000's endurance series cup in 2009.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1995 Brazilian Formula Ford Techspeed ? ? ? ? 1st
1996 Formula Vauxhall Peter Thompson Motorsport ? ? ? ? 4th
EFDA Nations Cup Team Brasil 1 ? 0 N/A 3rd
1997 British Formula 3 TOM'S 13 0 0 26 11th
Macau Grand Prix Alan Docking Racing 1 ? 0 N/A NC
1998 British Formula 3 Alan Docking Racing 13 0 0 65 7th
Macau Grand Prix Paul Stewart Racing 1 ? 0 N/A 2nd
1999 International Formula 3000 Super Nova Racing 3 0 0 0 22nd
Red Bull Junior Team 7 0 0 1
2000 International Formula 3000 Red Bull Junior Team 10 0 0 4 17th
2001 International Formula 3000 Red Bull Junior Team 8 0 0 14 8th
2002 International Formula 3000 Red Bull Junior Team 12 0 0 9 11th
2003 Spanish Formula Three Racing Engineering 13 4 6 192 1st
2004 Stock Car Brasil Katálogo Racing 4 0 0 20 23rd
A.Mattheis Motorsport 1 0 0 0
World of Outlaws Lippincott Racing 2 0 0 85 276th
2005 Stock Car Brasil L&M Racing 12 0 0 47 16th
2006 Stock Car Brasil Katálogo Racing 12 1 0 216 10th
2007 Stock Car Brasil A.Mattheis Motorsport 12 0 1 221 9th
TC 2000 Toyota Team Argentina 1 0 0 0 NC
2008 Stock Car Brasil WA Mattheis 12 5 5 287 1st
TC 2000 Toyota Team Argentina 1 0 0 0 NC
2009 Stock Car Brasil Eurofarma RC 12 1 0 264 3rd
TC 2000 Toyota Team Argentina 3 0 1 0† NC†
TC 2000 Copa Endurance Series Toyota Team Argentina 3 0 1 45 1st
GT3 Brasil Championship WB Motorsport 13 0 3 166 4th
2010 Stock Car Brasil Eurofarma RC 12 1 2 251 3rd
GT Brasil GT3 class Scuderia 111 16 1 0 118 10th
Trofeo Linea Brasil Sinal/Greco 11 0 0 29 13th
2011 Stock Car Brasil Eurofarma RC 12 1 0 258 2nd
TC 2000 Toyota Team Argentina 1 0 0 0 NC
Top Race V6 Mitsubishi Racing 2 0 0 6 34th
GT Brasil GT3 class Scuderia 111 18 0 0 119 12th
Brasileiro de Marcas Officer ProGP 4 0 0 94 11th
2012 Stock Car Brasil Eurofarma RC 12 0 0 189 2nd
Brasileiro de Marcas Full Time Sports 16 1 0 232 1st

† - ineligible for points.

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
1999 Super Nova Racing IMO
15
MON
Ret
CAT
Ret
22nd 1
Red Bull Junior Team MAG
DNQ
SIL
DNQ
A1R
15
HOC
DNQ
HUN
9
SPA
6
NUR
Ret
2000 Red Bull Junior Team IMO
Ret
SIL
Ret
CAT
Ret
NUR
Ret
MON
Ret
MAG
Ret
A1R
Ret
HOC
14
HUN
3
SPA
7
17th 4
2001 Red Bull Junior Team INT IMO CAT A1R MON
6
NUR
5
MAG
Ret
SIL
7
HOC
17
HUN
2
SPA
3
MNZ
6
8th 14
2002 Red Bull Junior Team INT
3
IMO
Ret
CAT
4
A1R
15
MON
7
NUR
9
SIL
Ret
MAG
10
HOC
Ret
HUN
11
SPA
5
MNZ
Ret
11th 9

Stock Car Brasil resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2004 Katalogo Racing Chevrolet Astra CTB
3
INT
13
TAR
Ret
LON
15
RIO INT CTB LON RIO BSB CGD 23rd 20
Medley-A.Mattheis INT
25
2005 L&M Racing Chevrolet Astra INT
19
CTB
6
RIO
20
INT
4
CTB
Ret
LON
Ret
BSB
Ret
SCZ
3
TAR
22
ARG
Ret
RIO
26
INT
9
16th 47
2006 Katalogo Racing Mitsubishi Lancer INT
10
CTB
Ret
CGD
8
INT
11
LON
6
CTB
Ret
SCZ
6
BSB
5
TAR
Ret
ARG
Ret
RIO
13
INT
10
10th 216
2007 Medley-A.Mattheis Chevrolet Astra INT
1
CTB
Ret
CGD
6
INT
6
LON
3
SCZ
5
CTB
2
BSB
Ret
ARG
Ret
TAR
16
RIO
Ret
INT
Ret
9th 221
2008 Medley-WA Mattheis Peugeot 307 INT
4
BSB
1
CTB
1
SCZ
6
CGD
1
INT
4
RIO
20
LON
4
CTB
1
BSB
1
TAR
3
INT
15
1st 287
2009 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra INT
2
CTB
7
BSB
14
SCZ
Ret
INT
6
SAL
Ret
RIO
3
CGD
7
CTB
1
BSB
17
TAR
Ret
INT
2
3rd 264
2010 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra INT
20
CTB
2
VEL
1
RIO
19
RBP
2
SAL
10
INT
1
CGD
3
LON
6
SCZ
3
BSB
Ret
CTB
20
3rd 251
2011 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra CTB
Ret
INT
3
RBP
5
VEL
3
CGD
6
RIO
8
INT
8
SAL
16
SCZ
4
LON
2
BSB
5
VEL
23
2nd 258
2012 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
3
CTB
4
VEL
2
RBP
17
LON
5
RIO
3
SAL
4
CAS
19
TAR
4
CTB
Ret
BSB
2
INT
2
2nd 189
2013 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
3
CUR
2
TAR
3
SAL
1
BRA
5
CAS
6
RBP
9
CAS
26
VEL
2
CUR
4
BRA
3
INT
2
1st 218
2014 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
1

14
SCZ
1

4
SCZ
2

16
BRA
1

17
BRA
2

25
GOI
1

3
GOI
2

16
GOI
1

9
CAS
1

Ret
CAS
2

11
CUR
1

10
CUR
2

1
VEL
1

10
VEL
2

1
SCZ
1

13
SCZ
2

12
TAR
1

3
TAR
2

20
SAL
1

Ret
SAL
2

16
CUR
1

14
14th 144.5
2015 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic GOI
1

1
RBP
1

4
RBP
2

Ret
VEL
1

6
VEL
2

20
CUR
1

Ret
CUR
2

Ret
SCZ
1

4
SCZ
2

6
CUR
1

DSQ
CUR
2

DSQ
GOI
1

Ret
CAS
1

4
CAS
2

3
MOU
1

4
MOU
2

3
CUR
1

3
CUR
2

2
TAR
1

7
TAR
2

Ret
INT
1

Ret
7th 173
2016 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic CUR
1

3
6th 207
Chevrolet Cruze VEL
1

21†
VEL
2

DNS
GOI
1

2
GOI
2

15
SCZ
1

5
SCZ
2

6
TAR
1

6
TAR
2

21
CAS
1

19
CAS
2

11†
INT
1

DSQ
LON
1

3
LON
2

8
CUR
1

2
CUR
2

18
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

DNS
CRI
1

12
CRI
2

1
INT
1

3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holder, Jim (1998). "Formula 3 Review: Super Mario Pick of the Crop". Autocourse 1998-99. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 250–251. ISBN 1-874557-43-8.
  2. ^ Arron, Simon (2000). "Formula 3000 Review: Bruno Shades it over Ten Rounds". Autocourse 2000-2001. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 266–269. ISBN 1-874557-79-9.
  3. ^ "The Formula 3000 grid is forming". grandprix.com. Inside F1. 2002-01-24. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Arron, Simon (2001). "F3000 Review: Wilson Walks Tall". Autocourse 2001-2002. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 258–261. ISBN 1-903135-06-0.
  5. ^ Arron, Simon (2002). "F3000 Review: Bourdais' Pot-Luck Title". Autocourse 2002-2003. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 242–245. ISBN 1-903135-10-9.

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