In this visit Inside The Helmet, I’m taking a bit of a departure from the West Australian motorsport scene and heading to Malaysia for a catch up with 20 year old Bruno Carneiro who is racing for the Asia Racing Team in the South East Asia Formula Renault championship this year. A class of racing that gives winners the chance to step up to Formula Renault in Europe and onto the feeder classes to Formula 1 such as F3, F2, etc.
I met Bruno while visiting Malaysia for the Malaysia Championship Series, his father Luigi chasing me down to ask if I had gotten any shots of his Son during the qualifying sessions on the Saturday. We had a little chat about his son and I made a note to grab some shots of him later.
Bruno hails from Brasil, a country known most famously for Ayrton Senna motorsport, as well as the likeable champion that never was Felipe Massa. Their fans are passionate, the drivers even more so. Standing before me is this 20 year old who lives in the United States, hails from Brasil and is racing in South East Asia. What a mix! That was what made me want to get Inside The Helmet with Bruno Carneiro.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST “GET INTO” MOTORSPORT?
I started with go karts at the age of 4 and a half in the United States!
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE “GOTTEN INTO” IF IT WASN’T MOTORSPORT?
Quite honesty there isn’t anything that brings me the passion and love that Motorsports does, and as I say, “I’m nothing without Motorsports” so the answer would be nothing! Racing is my life and I know it!
WHEN DID YOU GET INTO COMPETITIVE MOTORSPORT?
Since karting I did international races especially in 2010, racing in Brasil and the troféu Ayrton Senna in Sarno Italy! In cars, the 2016 FIA Chinese F4 season in which I won is when I got into competitive formula car racing
HOW DID YOU GO ON YOUR FIRST COMPETITIVE MOTORSPORT EVENT?
I went to a few races in my childhood, when I was 3-4 years old in Montreal and at the Indianapolis speedway when F1 visited there! Since then there haven’t been many, since I’ve invested everything into my racing!
HOW WAS YOUR MOST CURRENT SEASON?
Last year for me was quite difficult not having the funding to progress and race, but this year thanks to Asia Racing Team we have had a great season in Asian Formula Renault with a couple victories and in the championship hunt!
IN TERMS OF ESTABLISHED COMPETITORS, LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY, WHO HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR YOU TO KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO?
Without a doubt, Ayrton Senna. For his humbleness on and off the track, helping others and giving back, he is a true inspiration to me! And let alone being the single most incredible driver behind the wheel of a race car
WHAT ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT TEAM, WHO ARE THEY?
Rodizio Grill is a Brazilian Steakhouse here in the United States And without the help of the founder, Ivan Utrera, none of this would be possible! Along with the certificates I sell door to door for Rodizio, all the people that answer and donate, make a big part of the team, along with my wonderful family who always support me morally and my sponsors through the years, like K1 race gear, Zulz Bags, FFKR architectures and more
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
GT cars bring a big opportunity and option for me in my career and I have had good success in the Super TROFEO Lamborghini car, but perusing and growing my career in formula cars is ultimately what I would like to do with my career and my plan is to continue growing in single seater racing to hopefully make a career from it
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOTORSPORTING MOMENT SO FAR?
For sure winning the 2016 FIA Chinese championship was a feeling like none else! True happiness and relief to finish a year winning! And then the prize giving that followed in Vienna Austria with all the F1, WEC drivers and more was the cherry on top!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOTORSPORT MOMENT?
I have been very fortunate through my life so not many bad moments, but where I struggled the most was simply not being able to drive and use talent because of lack of funding. It was very hard for me to sit out a whole season, simply because money came before talent. But as I said before, I am very fortunate for the opportunity by Asia Racing Team this year to be back racing and up front!
THANK YOU FOR THE CHAT BRUNO!
Bruno has just finished up another round in the 2019 SEA Formula Renault Championship where he sits 2nd over all with one round to go. To keep up to date with what Bruno is up to and see where his season ends, check out his Facebook page.
Also a huge thank you to his father Luigi Carneiro, who just happens to be a talented musician, for checking in on me after the car accident in Malaysia. A truly nice bloke! Not all racing fathers are mad men!