André Couto

André Couto (born December 14, 1976 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese racing driver who races with a Macau license.

Career

Early years

André Couto started his career in Karting in Macau influenced by the popular Macau Grand Prix and friends who competed in the local Karting championship. He rapidly enjoyed success and started competing and winning in international level.He moved to racing cars in 1995 where he competed in European Formula Opel Lotus (Winning a round in the Estoril Circuit). 1995 was also the debut year in the Formula Three event of the Macau Grand Prix where he briefly led after a duel with race winner Ralf Schumacher.

Formula Three

Couto competed in German Formula Three in 1996 before moving to the Italian series in 1997, where he finished the season as runner-up in the championship. He competed in the F3 Macau Grand Prix six times, eventually winning it in 2000.

Formula 3000

Couto graduated to Formula 3000 in 1998 and stayed there for 1999 and 2000. Although he scored points on several occasions, he never achieved any great success. His best result was third place at the Nürburgring in 2000.

An assortment of drives

After leaving F3000 and winning the Macau Grand Prix Formula Three event in 2000, Couto competed in the Formula Nippon Championship in 2001 and competed in some races of the All-Japan GT Championship. For 2002 he moved to the Nissan World Series, and finished seventh in the championship. In 2003 he has competed in the Guia Race as part of the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) and World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

Current activities

Since 2005, Couto has competed in the Super GT Championship in the GT500 category.

References


*André Couto career statistics at [http://www.driverdb.com/racingdriver495.html driverdb.com] , retrieved 11 November, 2006.

External links

* [http://www.geocities.jp/z31take/index.htm Fan Site (Japanese)]


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