(born September 21, 1980) is a South African racing driver, born in Monte Carlo
Scheckter started racing karts
in South Africa at the age of 11 and it did not take long for the young driver to reach the podium. He had his first taste of a major championship as a teenager when he captured the South African Kart Championship in 1995. In 1996 he ventured on to the main circuit in the South African Formula Vee
series and soon after he was in the South African Formula Ford
Series where he posted two wins.
He had proven his speed in South African motorsports and was then off to Europe the following year where he entered the British Formula Vauxhall
Junior series where he raced against the likes of Antônio Pizzonia
and Takuma Sato
. Scheckter earned third in the championship with one victory and one pole. He was also named series Rookie of the Year.
In 1999, Scheckter won the Formula Opel
Euroseries championship with a record eight victories and eight poles, and in the process broke all the winning records previously set by Mika Häkkinen
, Rubens Barrichello
, and David Coulthard
. That success landed him a drive that same year in the last two races of the Formula Nissan
championship which Fernando Alonso
had dominated that whole season. Even though Scheckter was with a new team for this brief stint in Formula Nissan, he captured a win, two poles and a second place position.
Scheckter moved on to the Formula 3 Series in 2000, and in his rookie year, he was... Read More