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Q&A - Terry Fullerton

Terry Fullerton: “You're not really prepared to come second and you're not prepared to come second best.”
Described as Senna's greatest rival in the movie, Terry Fullerton talks to Simon Stiel about Senna, driver coaching and life in the spotlight since the film's release...


Crash.net:
Is it still sinking in, getting all the public attention since the release of the Senna film?

Terry Fullerton:
I suppose it is, yes. It's all a bit of a shock really, a bit strange getting recognised for something you did thirty odd years ago. It never will sink in properly.

Crash.net:
What were your first feelings when you saw that footage of Senna at the press conference in Adelaide?

Terry Fullerton:
I'd heard he'd said those things. Then I saw it in the film and my feelings are hard to explain really. I'm glad he said them. It happened a long time ago and it's all a bit strange really but I'm basically glad he said the things and glad that it came out eventually.

Crash.net:
You had faced people like Francois Goldstein, do you feel psychologically you had to go even further to face Senna?

Terry Fullerton:
Not really, no. Goldstein was a much more complete driver than Senna was at the time. Goldstein was a confident, completely rounded driver and when I won the world championship it was like building up to beat someone who was a complete driver. With Senna, I was a complete driver and he came along as a raw, seventeen year old talent who was not a rounded driver. It was a different situation altogether. The Goldstein thing was much more of a challenge than Senna.

Crash.net:
Did you feel in the case of Senna you were the pursued?

Terry Fullerton:
Yeah, but under control. He was definitely pursuing me and I was the one he wanted to beat. But I always had it under control.

Crash.net:
A poster at the time referred to you and Senna as: “The Kings of Karting” Did it get to a stage where you didn't worry about anyone else, just about each other?

Terry Fullerton:
No I worried about other people. I always had a philosophy that I wanted to win and that I didn't really care who came second. He was involved in the people that I didn't really care if he came second. I just wanted to win, that was my philosophy.

Crash.net:
Part of that philosophy was a meticulous approach to testing, when did you develop that technique?

Terry Fullerton:
Over the years really. I just accumulated knowledge and experience between 1970 and 1980.

Crash.net:
Do you think it's bad nowadays that people at age 14 can be offered to drive cars?

Terry Fullerton:
Good or bad, that's a fact of life and you have to accept it. Why bother commenting good or bad, you just sound like an old fogey or something. It's a fact of life, that's the way it is.

Crash.net:
If I was your pupil, do you focus more on the mental side or the technique of driving?

Terry Fullerton:
It normally starts off with the physical side of it. You do need to be in control of the techniques and actually move up the ladder. The mental stuff becomes more important. So it's both really.

Crash.net:
Is it a challenge to convince parents that their child needs coaching?

Terry Fullerton:


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Simon Stiel - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 10:10 AM

Thanks for the compliment racer13. To answer UncleSam, I agree about Mike Wilson. He's quoted in the recently republished Memories of Ayrton Senna book by Christopher Hilton. Type in Google: "Gordon Kirby Mike Wilson" and you'll find an interview that Kirby did with him.



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