||13 July 1985
Filipe Albuquerque announced his arrival on the world motor sport scene at the 2010 Race Of Champions – by taking the ROC Champion of Champions title.
The Portuguese driver defeated rally legend Sébastien Loeb in a tense Grand Final, having knocked out home hero Sebastian Vettel in the semi-finals. The performance helped earn him his DTM drive in 2011. He went on to take his first podium at the penultimate round in Valencia.
Albuquerque started his motor racing career in karting ‘for fun’ in 1993 but he went on to win two national karting titles, before becoming a busy man in 2005. That year he finished 6th in Spanish F3, 5th in the Formula Renault Eurocup and 3rd in the Formula Renault Germany series, finishing as best rookie in all three.
Albuquerque has since raced in GP2 four times and has an even better record in A1GP with eight podiums. He took third place overall in 2009, winning in China.
Albuquerque qualified for the 2010 ROC Nations Cup by winning ROC South Europe for Portugal in August alongside Alvaro Parente. He also won ROC Portugal at the same event in Portimão. But his overall victory has earned him the right to defend his title in 2011.
- ROC Champion of Champions in 2010
- First DTM podium at Valencia, 2011
- Third place in A1GP series, 2008-2009
2007: Won A1GP feature race in China
2006: Red Bull Junior of the Year
2006: North European Formula Renault Champion
2005: 6th in Spanish Formula 3
The Race Of Champions Highlights
- Years contested: 2010, 2011
2010: ROC Champion of Champions. Won ROC South Europe for Team Portugal alongside countryman Alvaro Parente. He also took first place in ROC Portugal
2009: Took first place in ROC Iberia and 2nd in ROC Portugal