Ricardo Sánchez – Walero Ambassador
Ricardo Sánchez turned his boyhood dream into reality.
Sánchez, like many others, grew up dreaming of becoming a professional racing driver.
Growing up, Sánchez father was able to take him go-karting on occasions but unfortunately couldn’t commit to racing full-time to fulfil his dream. The dream looked to be over.
Determined not to let this dream go, Ricardo was confident he had what it takes to become a professional racing driver. And so he wanted to prove so. The perfect opportunity came up for Ricardo to do so, but not how you would imagine it to be. One day, Ricardo’s family saw a GT Academy Live Event taking place in their local Shopping Mall. Immediately called Ricardo and told him to get to the Mall to enter the competition. This was realistically his chance of finally achieving his dream to a professional racing driver.
Ricardo won the Live Event and progressed to the two day National Final in Mexico City. There, Ricardo was tested on Gran Turismo skills, had his fitness tested and raced a Nissan 370Z around the Mexican F1 circuit. After two tough days, Ricardo was announced as one of the six finalists heading to Silverstone.
During a challenging Race Camp week in the UK, Ricardo competed against his Gamers from Australia, India, Thailand and the Middle East for the grand prize. After all of the challenges the judges announced Ricardo as the winner of the GT Academy International 2014.
His prize was to compete the rigorous GT Academy Driver Development Programme to equip him with skills to race a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the 2015 Dubai 24 hours. After 3 months of intense training, Ricardo was ready to race and along with his team-mates achieved the dream start to his career, finishing second in their class and 5th overall – an incredible achievement!
Ricardo was then given the chance to continue to develop his talents and shine by being given a contract as a NISMO Athlete and a seat racing the GT-R in the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Series, alongside some of his Dubai team-mates.
In 2019, Ricardo will be racing an Audi R8 with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the Blancpain GT Series.