Recently revealed to the world as Cyan Performance Lynk & Co’s exciting new recruit for on-track glory in 2020, 23-year-old young gun Santiago Urrutia tells his story on WTCR Fast Talk presented by Goodyear, the podcast series from Eurosport Events.
In his first major English-language interview since being chosen to fill some mighty big World Touring Car shoes as category legend Andy Priaulx’s replacement, Urrutia catches up with Martin Haven, the voice of WTCR, to give fans an insight into his life, how his road to the WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup began back in his native Uruguay and why he got “super-mad” with Max Verstappen.
“My Grandad give to us a little motorcycle,” Urrutia tells WTCR Fast Talk presented by Goodyear. “At the time I was only three years old, like a baby, but I started just riding the bike around the [family] farm. At one point my Dad said, ‘do you want to race?’ and I start racing when I was three years old. If you think about it they were a little bit crazy, but I started racing motocross until I had a big crash and my Mum said, ‘Santi, this is enough, if you want to keep racing I want to give you a go-kart’. So she took a credit from the bank because it was a really bad year in Uruguay and my Mum is just a school teacher. But she give me the go-kart and I start racing when I was five.”