Max Wilson

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Max Wilson
Nationality Brazilian
Born (1972-08-22) 22 August 1972 (age 44)
Hamburg, Germany
Stock Car Brasil
Teams Eufarma RC
Starts 100
Championships 1 (2010)
Wins 9
Poles 6
Fastest laps 5
Previous series
1994
1995
1995–96
1996
1997–99
2001
2002–08
2009-current
Formula Chevrolet
Formula Three Sudamericana
German Formula 3
DTM
International Formula 3000
Champ Car
V8 Supercar
Stock Car Brasil

Max Wilson (born August 22, 1972 in Hamburg, Germany) is a racing driver of Brazilian parentage.

Racing career[edit]

Junior formulae[edit]

He started his motor racing career in 1985 in go-karts. His tenacious racing style led him to move into single-seaters in 1993, when he was offered a ride in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship.

In 1994 he moved to the Brazilian Formula Chevrolet Championship and finished 2nd overall, behind Felipe Giaffone.

Formula 3[edit]

Again, Wilson graduated up a level into Formula Three Sudamericana for the 1995 season. Again he finished 2nd in the championship, this time behind Ricardo Zonta.

After testing successfully for the WTS-F3-Team, owned by Michael Schumacher's personal manager Willi Weber, Max was snatched up by the BSR squad to compete at Magny-Cours for the penultimate round of the German Formula Three Championship that year. A 5th and a 6th place in double header generated further interest in the unknown youngster.

Wilson moved to Munich at the beginning of 1996 as his personal friend Mario-Alberto Bauér managed to find a seat for Max in the German Formula Three Championship. Willi Weber had sold his WTS-F3-Team to aspiring team owner Georgis Tokmakidis and Max was signed to race with Dutchman Tom Coronel as a team-mate. But the team dwindled due to persistent personnel problems. Coronel ended up never racing for the team and a variety of drivers walked in and out. After winning a pre-season non-championship the results were disappointing and led to Max, aside Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld and Arnd Meier one of the championship favorites, leaving the team after a couple of races.

Against all warnings he then decided to join the Italian Prema Power F3 Team as a team mate to André Couto from mid-season on and managed to win one championship round in wet conditions at Diepholz, despite the notoriously underpowered Fiat-engine. In those days almost every car on the grid was powered by the superior Opel Spiess engine. Restrained by the power disadvantage the initial title favourite ended up in 10th in the championship.

Formula 3000 / Formula 1 / Indycars[edit]

In 1997, Edenbridge Racing chose him to drive one of their Formula 3000 cars, alongside Werner Lupberger. He finished 5th in the championship, albeit only 19 points behind champion Ricardo Zonta after 10 rounds.

He stayed on at Edenbridge for the 1998 season, and also became a test driver for the Williams F1 team.

At the end of 1999, Wilson was offered a drive with the ailing Minardi team but a lack of financial backing saw him lose the ride at the last minute to Gastón Mazzacane, a less experienced but more financially solvent driver. But all was not lost: after an impressive stint at Williams, Wilson spent 2000 as an F1 test driver for Michelin as the tyre manufacturer prepared to re-enter Formula One competition.

Unable to secure a full-time Formula One ride for the 2001 season, Wilson returned to the United States and joined the Arciero-Blair Racing Team to contest the Champ Car World Series. In his rookie year, he posted some inspiring results against the likes of Michael Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi and Kenny Bräck.

Touring cars[edit]

At the end of 1996, he drove one race in ITC at Interlagos for Alfa Romeo, as all manufacturers had one local driver to improve interest among local spectators. He led the second race for a while, eventually finishing in 2nd.

Failing to raise a full Champ Car budget for 2002, Wilson packed his bags and headed for Australia where he joined the Ford V8 Supercars team Briggs Motor Sport. Keeping in mind he had never driven anything but an open-wheeler, the extra weight, right hand drive and sheer size of a V8 Supercar seemed a significant challenge for the young Brazilian. Wilson, however, had other ideas.

In just his second outing in a V8 Supercar, Wilson managed to snare fifth position on the grid at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. His trend for setting the pace during qualifying continued throughout the year, qualifying inside the top 15 starters in 11 of the 14 events during his debut year in the championship.

Wilson continued his impressive qualifying form with Dick Johnson Racing in 2003 where he capped off the year with his first podium finish in the championship at the final round of the year.

2004 was a tough year for Wilson when he failed to finish five of the rounds due to a variety of reasons while in a position for some solid results whilst driving for Triple 8 Racing.

A last-minute arrangement saw Wilson compete in the championship with Team Dynamik after his former Briggs Motor Sport team mate, Tony Longhurst became the entrant for one of the team's Holden Commodore VZs. During his 2005 campaign he again showed glimpses of his true potential which included a fifth place in the final race in China and a top ten finish at the Oran Park round.

For 2006, Wilson moved to the WPS Racing team however immediately prior to the 2008 season the team folded, leaving Wilson without a drive. Wilson returned to his native Brazil but did drive the Australian enduro season with Brad Jones Racing, finishing an excellent fifth with Brad Jones at the Bathurst 1000 having led the race in parts.

In 2009 he returned to racing in Brazil competing in the Stock Car Brasil winning the title in 2010.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1995 Formula Three Sudamericana 2nd Dallara 394 Mugen Honda
Dallara 394 Opel
Amir Nasr Racing
Prop Car
German Formula Three Championship 19th Dallara 395 Opel Opel Team BSR
1996 German Formula Three Championship 10th Dallara 395 Fiat Tokmakidis Motorsport
Prema Powerteam
International Touring Car Championship 19th Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI JAS Engineering
1997 International Formula 3000 Championship 5th Lola T96/50 - Zytek Edenbridge Racing
1998 International Formula 3000 Championship 9th Lola T96/50 - Zytek Edenbridge Racing
1999 International Formula 3000 Championship 8th Lola B99/50 - Zytek Super Nova Racing
2001 CART Championship Series 25th Lola B2K/00 - Ford Cosworth Arciero-Blair Racing
2002 V8Supercar Championship Series 32nd Ford AU Falcon Briggs Motor Sport
2003 V8Supercar Championship Series 17th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 28th Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 24th Holden VZ Commodore Team Dynamik
2006 V8Supercar Championship Series 15th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2007 V8Supercar Championship Series 17th Ford BF Falcon WPS Racing
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 33rd Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2009 Stock Car Brasil 9th Chevrolet Vectra Eurofarma RC
2010 Stock Car Brasil 1st Chevrolet Vectra Eurofarma RC
2011 Stock Car Brasil 4th Chevrolet Vectra Eurofarma RC
2012 Stock Car Brasil 6th Chevrolet Sonic Eurofarma RC
2013 Stock Car Brasil 5th Chevrolet Sonic Eurofarma RC
2014 Stock Car Brasil 10th Chevrolet Sonic Eurofarma RC
2015 Stock Car Brasil 8th Chevrolet Sonic Eurofarma RC
2016 Stock Car Brasil 12th Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Cruze
Eurofarma RC

Complete International Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos. Pts
1996 Bosch JAS Motorsport Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI HOC
1
HOC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
EST
1
EST
2
HEL
1
HEL
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
DIE
1
DIE
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
INT
1

9
INT
2

2
SUZ
1
SUZ
2
19th 17

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
1997 Edenbridge Racing Lola T96/50 Zytek-Judd SIL
Ret
PAU
7
HEL
Ret
NÜR
5
PER
3
HOC
2
A1R
8
SPA
2
MUG
4
JER
10†
5th 21
1998 Edenbridge Racing Lola T96/50 Zytek-Judd OSC
17†
IMO
Ret
CAT
6
SIL
5
MON
DNPQ
PAU
2
A1R
Ret
HOC
Ret
HUN
Ret
SPA
13
PER
Ret
NÜR
23†
9th 9
1999 Petrobras Junior Team Lola T99/50 Zytek IMO
Ret
MON
3
CAT
DSQ
MAG
Ret
SIL
Ret
A1R
Ret
HOC
2
HUN
Ret
SPA NÜR
3
8th 14

American open wheel racing results[edit]

FedEx Championship Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
2001 Arciero-Brooke Racing Lola B2K/00 Phoenix IC108F MTY
28
LBH
21
NAZ
17
MOT 25th 12
Arciero-Blair Racing Ford XD MIL
23
DET
23
POR
4
CLE
19
TOR
25
MCH CHI MDO
15
ROA
25
VAN
25
LAU
18
ROC
21
HOU
16
LAG
24
SRF FON

V8 Supercar Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 Pos. Pts
2002 Briggs Motor Sport Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
PHI
R3

18
PHI
R4

Ret
EAS
R5

21
EAS
R6

27
EAS
R7

19
HDV
R8

18
HDV
R9

22
HDV
R10

14
CAN
R11

Ret
CAN
R12

17
CAN
R13

Ret
BAR
R14

12
BAR
R15

15
BAR
R16

19
ORA
R17

24
ORA
R18

Ret
WIN
R19

18
WIN
R20

29
QLD
R21

Ret
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

8
SUR
R24

Ret
PUK
R25

11
PUK
R26

16
PUK
R27

9
SAN
R28

14
SAN
R29

23
32nd 319
2003 Dick Johnson Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

26
ADE
R1

Ret
PHI
R3

16
EAS
R4

16
WIN
R5

9
BAR
R6

24
BAR
R7

17
BAR
R8

13
HDV
R9

Ret
HDV
R10

20
HDV
R11

16
QLD
R12

24
ORA
R13

Ret
SAN
R14

19
BAT
R15

12
SUR
R16

9
SUR
R17

23
PUK
R18

18
PUK
R19

24
PUK
R20

19
EAS
R21

5
EAS
R22

3
17th 1214
2004 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

10
PUK
R4

5
PUK
R5

28
PUK
R6

17
HDV
R7

10
HDV
R8

Ret
HDV
R9

22
BAR
R10

16
BAR
R11

23
BAR
R12

17
QLD
R13

14
WIN
R14

Ret
ORA
R15

Ret
ORA
R16

Ret
SAN
R17

Ret
BAT
R18

Ret
SUR
R19

8
SUR
R20

5
SYM
R21

26
SYM
R22

15
SYM
R23

15
EAS
R24

22
EAS
R25

8
EAS
R26

11
28th 865
2005 Team Dynamik Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

7
PUK
R3

15
PUK
R4

15
PUK
R5

Ret
BAR
R6

31
BAR
R7

18
BAR
R8

Ret
EAS
R9

26
EAS
R10

16
SHA
R11

Ret
SHA
R12

14
SHA
R13

5
HDV
R14

16
HDV
R15

33
HDV
R16

13
QLD
R17

14
ORA
R18

13
ORA
R19

10
SAN
R20

DNS
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

26
SUR
R23

25
SUR
R24

14
SYM
R25

16
SYM
R26

14
SYM
R27

15
PHI
R28

20
PHI
R29

21
PHI
R30

12
24th 931
2006 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

16
ADE
R2

8
PUK
R3

6
PUK
R4

Ret
PUK
R5

Ret
BAR
R6

8
BAR
R7

19
BAR
R8

Ret
WIN
R9

17
WIN
R10

6
WIN
R11

13
HDV
R12

11
HDV
R13

Ret
HDV
R14

16
QLD
R15

10
QLD
R16

Ret
QLD
R17

11
ORA
R18

11
ORA
R19

25
ORA
R20

Ret
SAN
R21

11
BAT
R22

14
SUR
R23

28
SUR
R24

13
SUR
R25

13
SYM
R26

15
SYM
R27

15
SYM
R28

14
BHR
R29

16
BHR
R30

12
BHR
R31

24
PHI
R32

20
PHI
R33

16
PHI
R34

16
15th 2038
2007 WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

17
ADE
R2

Ret
BAR
R3

23
BAR
R4

18
BAR
R5

13
PUK
R6

16
PUK
R7

12
PUK
R8

14
WIN
R9

9
WIN
R10

Ret
WIN
R11

Ret
EAS
R12

19
EAS
R13

23
EAS
R14

21
HDV
R15

8
HDV
R16

14
HDV
R17

16
QLD
R18

15
QLD
R19

14
QLD
R20

Ret
ORA
R21

16
ORA
R22

11
ORA
R23

9
SAN
R24

Ret
BAT
R25

7
SUR
R26

13
SUR
R27

9
SUR
R28

10
BHR
R29

23
BHR
R30

26
BHR
R31

20
SYM
R32

26
SYM
R33

17
SYM
R34

19
PHI
R35

19
PHI
R36

24
PHI
R37

15
17th 110
2008 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
EAS
R3
EAS
R4
EAS
R5
HAM
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
BAR
R29
BAR
R10
BAR
R11
SAN
R12
SAN
R13
SAN
R14
HDV
R15
HDV
R16
HDV
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
WIN
R21
WIN
R22
WIN
R23
PHI
Q

7
PHI
R24

15
BAT
R25

5
SUR
R26
SUR
R27
SUR
R28
BHR
R29
BHR
R30
BHR
R31
SYM
R32
SYM
R33
SYM
R34
ORA
R35
ORA
R36
ORA
R37
33rd 343

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pos. Pts
2009 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra INT
Ret
CTB
5
BSB
4
SCZ
1
SAO
16
SAL
14
RIO
9
CGD
25
CTB
13
BSB
18
TAR
10
INT
3
9th 234
2010 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra INT
1
CTB
4
VEL
Ret
RIO
8
RBP
5
SAL
5
INT
20
CGD
Ret
LON
1
SCS
8
BSB
2
CTB
8
1st 265
2011 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Vectra CTB
2
INT
5
RBP
2
VEL
Ret
CGD
9
RIO
5
INT
3
SAL
2
SCZ
5
LON
3
BSB
16
VEL
17
4th 248
2012 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
24
CTB
2
VEL
3
RBP
20
LON
9
RIO
5
SAL
9
CGD
6
TAR
7
CTB
13
BSB
1
INT
29
6th 138
2013 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
6
CUR
7
TAR
13
SAL
5
BRA
13
CAS
18
RBP
2
CAS
3
VEL
6
CUR
23
BRA
7
INT
5
5th 163
2014 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic INT
1

Ret
SCZ
1

Ret
SCZ
2

11
BRA
1

4
BRA
2

22
GOI
1

Ret
GOI
2

10
GOI
1

12
CAS
1

10
CAS
2

3
CUR
1

11
CUR
2

9
VEL
1

6
VEL
2

4
SAL
1

9
SAL
2

3
TAR
1

7
TAR
2

11
RBP
1

18
RBP
2

11
CUR
1

20
10th 146
2015 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic GOI
1

6
RBP
1

6
RBP
2

Ret
VEL
1

10
VEL
2

1
CUR
1

Ret
CUR
2

DNS
SCZ
1

5
SCZ
2

4
CUR
1

11
CUR
2

6
GOI
1

6
CAS
1

27
CAS
2

12
MOU
1

8
MOU
2

5
CUR
1

11
CUR
2

1
TAR
1

Ret
TAR
2

14
INT
1

Ret
8th 162
2016 Eurofarma RC Chevrolet Sonic CUR
1

18
12th 267
Chevrolet Cruze VEL
1

5
VEL
2

Ret
GOI
1

4
GOI
2

19
SCZ
1

22
SCZ
2

1
TAR
1

1
TAR
2

16
CAS
1

5
CAS
2

8
INT
1

4
LON
1

22†
LON
2

9
CUR
1

Ret
CUR
2

3
GOI
1

21†
GOI
2

4
CRI
1

Ret
CRI
2

7
INT
1

Ret

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2002 65 Briggs Motor Sport Ford AU Falcon Australia Dean Canto DNF 108
2003 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia David Brabham 12th 158
2004 88 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon New Zealand Paul Radisich DNF 116
2005 44 Team Dynamik Holden VZ Commodore Australia Tony Longhurst DNF 32
2006 8 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia David Besnard 14th 160
2007 8 WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon Australia Jason Bargwanna 7th 161
2008 14 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Brad Jones 5th 161

* Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cacá Bueno
Stock Car Brasil
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Cacá Bueno