Officially began competind in karting events at thirteen. After finishing as runner-up on several occasions, in 1977 won the South American Championship Kart and also in 1978 and 1980. It was Brazilian kart champion in 1977, 1978 and 1980.
In 1981 he went to the British Formula Ford where he won 11 of 19 races. He won the championships in anticipation European and British Formula Ford(1982). It became British Formula 3 champion (1983), with nine consecutive victories, aworld record.
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