Senna's old rival is still a karting king

Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:00pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Ayrton Senna was once so annoyed at being beaten by Terry Fullerton in a go-kart race that he angrily pushed him into a hotel swimming pool.

But beating the Brazilian was all part of the job for the boy racer who had a dream and grew up to make it happen.

When Senna was asked in 1993, the year before the triple Formula One world champion died at Imola, which driver he had most enjoyed racing against, he reflected for a moment before replying.

"I would have to go back to '78, '79 and 1980, when I was go-kart driving and was team mate to Fullerton," he said.

"He was very experienced and I enjoyed very much that driving with him because he was fast, he was consistent, he was for me a very complete driver.

"And it was pure driving, pure racing. There wasn't any politics then, right? And no money involved either. So it was real racing and I have that as a very good memory."

The comment provides a memorable moment in the acclaimed 2010 documentary "Senna" and the fact he singled out Fullerton, rather than former McLaren team mate Alain Prost or any other F1 rival, was telling.

Karting was a passion for Senna and Fullerton was the man who set the standard and, as often as not, won.   Continued...