24/2/1976 - 15/10/1995
Record updated 24-Feb-07
Marco Campos was born in Curitiba, Brazil and was a Brazilian racing driver, who died in an accident in a Formula 3000 race in the Magny-Cours circuit.
Marco Campos was a leading light in the new generation of Brazilian racing drivers in Europe. He was a successful kart driver, winning the Panamerican championiship in 1992 and 1993. In 1993 he also won the South American karting championship. Then in 1994 he went to drive in the European Formula Opel championship, winning the title in his first year for the Draco Junior Team.
His personal friend Mario-Alberto Bauér negotiated a deal for Marco to race for the WTS F3 Team of Michael Schumacher's personal manager Willi Weber as a team mate to Ralf Schumacher. But a Brazilian sponsor lured Marco into staying with Draco as the team jumped a step up to the International Formula 3000 championship in 1995.
On bord of the newcomer's Lola-Cosworth results were hard to come by in his rookie season and Marco's only points-finish was a fourth place in Enna. His life ended in Magny Cours when, on the last lap of the season finale, he crashed into Thomas Biagi's car, flipping over and striking a barrier whilst upside-down. Campos' head hit the wall which resulted in skull fractures, cerebral trauma that put him into a deep coma. Campos died the following day at the Lariboisiére Hospital in Paris, France.
Marco Campos was 13th in the final Drivers' Championship standings of his one and only F3000 season.
His brother, Julio, went though karting and formula championships, winning the Skip Barber championship in 2001 in the USA and now competes in Brazil's StockCar V8 Championhip.