Racing with picobello
My name is Rafael ‘Picobello’ Gwizdak and I am 13 years old. I was born in Spain, however my family is quite multicultural, my father is Polish and my mother comes from Brazil. For the last 12 years, I have lived in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland where I attend 7th grade.
I speak fluently 4 languages (Polish, Portuguese, German and English) and additionally I study French at school.
My biggest hobby since I can remember is motorization and motorsports. Hence, since I turned 4, I started driving a go-kart during my holidays in Poland. Later, when I turned 8, I started racing in indoor karting competitions.
4 years ago, I tried racing outdoor (sports karting) and now I regularly participate in official races.
Participated in indoor racing series called Schwarzwald Cup (Germany)
5th place in Schwarzwald Cup and 3rd place in Swiss Karting League (Switzerland)
1st place in series called LKM (Leihkartmeisterschaft) and 3rd place in Swiss Karting League
Euro Trophy Rotax in Wackersdorf, Germany. My international debut – category Rotax Junior Max
ROK CUP Superfinal in Franciacorta, Italy. My international debut – category ROK Junior
Rotax Max Challenge Austria – 6th place in Rechnitz
1st place in Polish Championship (team ranking) and 10th place in Polish championship individually as well as taking part in ROK Cup Poland
Debut in Junior category and participating in multiple races in the series ROK Cup and Rotax
Rotax Max Challenge Switzerland. After 2 races (Franciacorta IT and Wohlen CH), I am holding 2nd place in classification. 4 more races to go
hard work pays off
Becoming great at any sport takes hard work and dedication. It is without any exceptions that all professional drivers need to practice and become masters of their technique in order to move to the next level. This training can take many forms and can be combined with other sports.
Kickboxing training helps me with my focus, strength, reflex and flexibility.
Bicycling builds my endurance and strength, and it’s super exciting.
Hockey is a fast game that keeps me out of trouble in winter. Speed and controlled falling on to the ice help me to avoid major injuries during karting racing.