Starting in competitions
Guga was 13 years old when he was given his first Kart and competed in his first official race on November 27, 1997. It was the first victory in his career and his debut in competitions.
During his 10 years in Kart racing, the driver was an example of speed, efficiency and competitiveness on the tracks. He consolidated a history of titles at state and regional levels until winning the world championship in 1986, the first Brazilian driver to do so.
The athlete jokingly recalls that although he was close to being the Brazilian champion he was World Champion without ever having won a national title.