Miloš Pavlović is a driver a colourful resumé. From his early days karting in Italy to rising up the single seater ranks to the cusp of Formula 1, the Serbian is still at the top of his game today.
Competing at the sharp end of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe championship last year alongside rising star Raul Guzman at Target Racing, Pavlović is a key cog of everyday Lamborghini life.
Before becoming an instructor at the company, Pavlović had pursued the bright shining lights of F1. The route along the way followed that of many. A struggle worth living.
“My career has been a real up-and-down rollercoaster since the start, but I am very happy with what I have achieved,” says Pavlović.
Pavlović first burst onto the scene in karting, having moved to Italy from Yugoslavia at the tender age of 12.
While clearly difficult to leave home at such a young age, it quickly paid off with one of the most impressive performances of his career, in the FIA CIK Karting World Cup at Suzuka.
“I did the Karting world championship in 1996 and at the time, it was just a single race. So, you had to go there and win it."
“I led probably less than a lap, but it was what you needed to do to win these kinds of races. I was up against in my opinion, one of the best drivers of my generation in Giorgio Pantano. There was also Jenson Button, James Courtney and Fernando Alonso. It was a special time.”
A move to cars followed and, with it, another country. Miloš moved to England to pursue the single seater ladder in the Formula Vauxhall Championship.
“Then with the move into cars, I had to make a decision about whether I was going to make a career out of motorsport. So, I moved to Milton Keynes in England and stayed there for four years."
That Pavlović was able to compete at such a high level with such little funding is an incredible testament of just how good a driver he had become.
After winning the Italian Formula 3 Championship in 2002, he moved to the World Series by Nissan series in 2003, finishing third in the standings.
When this moved under the Renault branding in 2005, Pavlović followed.
“Very often I would not have the budget to go racing but somehow we made it work. When I was in England, I probably had half of the budget I needed and then it was the same when I was in Renault World Series in 2005."
“I often think to myself now, ‘how the hell did you have the courage to do it!?’ but those were good years still.”
Stints in GP2 came afterwards, but the old problem of funding ensured Pavlović was unable to fulfil his F1 dream.
However, an opportunity arose with Lamborghini, who approached him in 2011. Since then, Pavlović has not only made a career in motorsport, but he has also remained a fast and as competitive as ever.
Pavlović won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and World Finals [held at Sepang, Malaysia] title in 2014, effectively launching his GT career, and he’s a big promoter of this category for younger drivers.
“Lamborghini took me under their arm after I did some races in Super Trofeo in 2011, and they have welcomed me into the family very well."
“I know work for Lamborghini, they give me a salary although the only regret is that I never became a factory driver which is a shame."
“But the set-up at Lambo and the Super Trofeo series is fantastic and it offers many young drivers, especially from single seaters, to try a career in GTs.”
This season presents a new – but familiar – challenge for Pavlović, as the Serbian returns to Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe. He will partner compatriot Petar Matić at Bonaldi Motorsport. The passion and desire to win continues.