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Emanuele Pirro

Emanuele Pirro
Emanuele Pirro 2012 WEC Fuji 2.jpg
Pirro in 2012
Born (1962-01-12) 12 January 1962 (age 58)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years1989-1991
TeamsBenetton, Scuderia Italia
Entries40 (37 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points3
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1989 French Grand Prix
Last entry1991 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1981, 1998 - 2008, 2010
TeamsMartini Racing, GTC Competition, Audi Sport Joest, Champion Racing, Drayson Racing
Best finish1st (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007)
Class wins6 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007)

Emanuele Pirro (born 12 January 1962) is an Italian racing driver who has raced in Formula One, touring cars and in endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans which he has won a total of five times. Two times Italian Karting Champion (1976, 1979), Formula Fiat Abarth Champion (1980), two times Italian Touring Car Champion (1994, 1995), two times Italian Overall Champion (1995, 1996), German Touring Car Champion (1996), he also achieved records in endurance racing that place him amongst the best in the discipline, including; five wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007), two times ALMS Champion (2001, 2005), two times winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring (2000, 2007), three times winner of Petit Le Mans (2001, 2005, 2008), winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring (1989), two times winner of the Macau Guia Race (1991, 1992) and two times winner of the Goodwood RAC Historic TT. He has taken part in over 500 official national and international races.

Personal life

He was born in Rome, however he traces his roots to the small town of Latera near Viterbo through his mother's family. He is married to Marlene, with whom he has two sons, Cristoforo, born in 1993 (Mechanical Engineer, currently Performance Engineer in F1) and Goffredo, born in 1996 (Automotive Engineer specialised in Motorsport).

Career

He began racing cars in 1980 after having raced seven years in go-karts, where he was two time Italian Champion and runner up in both the European and the World Karting Championships. He went on to win races in all the feeder series he competed in including F3, F3000 and Formula Nippon.

Formula One

In 1988 he was contracted by McLaren to become test driver to develop the new Honda powertrain for the MP4/4, staying on in that role for the following 3 seasons.

His racing career in F1 started at the 1989 French Grand Prix for the Benetton-Ford team, replacing Johnny Herbert who was still recovering from injuries sustained in a F3000 accident. For the 1990 and 1991 seasons, he raced for BMS Scuderia Italia.

Touring cars

Together with his single seater commitments he raced as a factory driver for BMW in touring car racing up until 1993. He raced and won in ETCC, WTCC, Italian Supertouring and DTM. In DTM he became one of the only drivers to win in his debut in the series. Notably, he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring, the Macau Guia Race twice, and the Wellington 500 four times, with the legendary BMW M3 E30 and team Schnitzer. After leaving BMW in 1993 he joined Audi to win the 1994 and 1995 Italian Touring Car Championships followed by the German Touring Car Championship in 1996. Between the years of 1994 and 1996 racing in the Italian and German Supertouring championships, he contested a total of 70 races finishing only once outside of the top 10 after being taken out at the start in 1994 at the Salzburgring.

Sportscars

Pirro driving an Audi R10 at Laguna Seca in 2006.

After his debut in endurance races at the young age of 19 winning in his class with the Lancia Beta Montecarlo Gr.5 at the 24 Hours of Daytona, winning the Kyalami 9 Hours and a terrible experience at Le Mans the same year, he scarcely participated in these races except sporadic appearances in Japan, first with a Nissan Gr.C at the Fuji 1000 km and with a Porsche 962 Gr.C at the Suzuka 1000 km. That is until his return to Le Mans in 1998 with a McLaren F1 alongside Dindo Capello and Thomas Bscher ending with a retirement. In 1999 Audi unveiled the R8R with which he scored his first of a record breaking nine consecutive podiums at the French classic. In 2000 along with Tom Kristensen and Frank Biela he scored the first of three consecutive wins with the new Audi R8. In 2006 together with Frank Biela and Marco Werner he became the first driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a diesel car, repeating the win in the following year. In 2008 he announced the end of his racing career with Audi sportscars. Between the years of 1999 and 2008 he won five 24 Hours of Le Mans, two ALMS championships, two 12 Hours of Sebring and three Petit Le Mans. After 2008 he competed in a number of additional races including a 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans with Drayson Racing in a Lola-Judd LMP1 car, the 24 hours of the Nuerburgring with an Audi R8 GT3, the 2011 Gold Coast 500 in the Australian V8 Supercars Championship.

After racing

In 2010 he won the "X-Prize Competition 100mpg-e" with Edison2.

He regularly competes in historic racing.

In roles still linked to motorsport, he serves as a Brand Ambassador for Audi, and is a member of; FIA Drivers' Commission, FIA Circuits' Commission, FIA Historic Motorsport Commission, ACI Circuits and Safety Commission. In addition, he is the President of the Italian Karting Commission, and Vice President of the Grand Prix Drivers' Club and the Club des Pilotes des 24 Heures du Mans. He is also a Steward for F1 races, TV pundit and is a frequent guest speaker at events hosted by multinational companies.

He owns the Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, a 5-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Finally he has been a regular player for over 25 years in the Nazionale Piloti football team and the "Star Team for the Children" for Prince Albert of Monaco as well as taking part in other charity events.

Race results

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1984 Onyx Race Engineering March 842 BMW SIL
6
HOC
4
THR
4
VAL
12
MUG
4
PAU
Ret
HOC
Ret
MIS
Ret
PER
6
DON
2
BRH
6
6th 18

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
1985 Onyx Racing March 85B Cosworth SIL
7
THR
1
EST
4
NÜR
C
VAL
1
PAU
2
SPA
Ret
DIJ
Ret
PER
2
ÖST
4
ZAN
5
DON
Ret
3rd 38
1986 Onyx Racing March 86B Cosworth SIL
2
VAL
3
PAU
2
SPA
19
IMO
Ret
MUG
6
PER
13
ÖST
Ret
BIR
Ret
BUG
1
JAR
2
3rd 29

Complete Japanese Formula 3000 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1988 Team LeMans SUZ
9
FUJ
5
MIN
2
SUZ
4
SUG
2
FUJ
4
SUZ
3
SUZ
4
3rd 25
1989 Team LeMans SUZ
5
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
1
SUG FUJ SUZ SUZ 6th 11
1991 Team Hayashi SUZ AUT FUJ MIN SUZ SUG FUJ SUZ FUJ
C
SUZ FUJ NC 0

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
1989 Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton B188 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA
9
GBR
11
23rd 2
Benetton B189 Ford HBA4 3.5 V8 GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
1990 BMS Scuderia Italia BMS Dallara 190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 USA BRA SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
11
GER
Ret
HUN
10
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
15
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1991 Scuderia Italia SpA BMS Dallara 191 Judd GV 3.5 V10 USA
Ret
BRA
11
SMR
DNPQ
MON
6
CAN
9
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
10
GER
10
HUN
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
10
POR
Ret
ESP
15
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
18th 1
Source:[1]

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

1 - A non-championship one-off race was held in 2004 at the streets of Shanghai, China.

Complete Italian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete Super Tourenwagen Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete American Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP Audi R8R Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:5
cls:5
ATL MOS SON POR PET MON LSV 52nd 20
2000 Audi Sport North America LMP Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:1
cls:1
NÜR
ovr:3
cls:3
SON
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
TEX
ovr:1
cls:1
ROS
ovr:4
cls:4
PET
ovr:2
cls:2
MON
ovr:2
cls:2
LSV
ovr:1
cls:1
ADE
ovr:15
cls:5
3rd 232
Audi R8R CHA
ovr:6
cls:6
SIL
ovr:5
cls:5
2001 Audi Sport North America LMP900 Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M TEX
ovr:2
cls:2
SEB
ovr:2
cls:2
DON
ovr:2
cls:2
JAR
ovr:2
cls:2
SON
ovr:2
cls:2
POR
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS
ovr:1
cls:1
MID
ovr:4
cls:4
MON
ovr:1
cls:1
PET
ovr:1
cls:1
1st 202
2002 Audi Sport North America LMP900 Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:5
cls:5
SON
ovr:14
cls:8
MID
ovr:1
cls:1
AME
ovr:2
cls:2
WAS
ovr:3
cls:3
TRO
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:1
cls:1
MIA
ovr:1
cls:1
PET
ovr:6
cls:6
4th 206
2003 ADT Champion Racing LMP900 Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:2
cls:2
ATL SON TRO MOS AME MON MIA PET 18th 22
2004 ADT Champion Racing LMP1 Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:2
cls:2
MID LIM SON POR MOS AME PET MON 13th 22
2005 ADT Champion Racing LMP1 Audi R8 Audi 3.6L Turbo V8 M SEB
ovr:2
cls:2
ATL
ovr:3
cls:3
MID
ovr:3
cls:3
LIM
ovr:2
cls:2
SON
ovr:1
cls:1
POR
ovr:1
cls:1
AME
ovr:1
cls:1
MOS
ovr:3
cls:3
PET
ovr:1
cls:1
MON
ovr:2
cls:2
1st 182
2006 Audi Sport North America LMP1 Audi R10 TDI Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M SEB TEX MID LIM UTA
ovr:1
cls:1
POR
ovr:2
cls:2
AME
ovr:1
cls:1
MOS
ovr:4
cls:4
PET
ovr:7
cls:5
MON
ovr:2
cls:2
5th 80
2007 Audi Sport North America LMP1 Audi R10 TDI Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M SEB
ovr:1
cls:1
STP
ovr:2
cls:2
LNB
ovr:9
cls:2
TEX
ovr:12
cls:2
UTA
ovr:6
cls:2
LIM
ovr:23
cls:4
MID
ovr:3
cls:1
AME
ovr:3
cls:2
MOS
ovr:4
cls:2
DET
ovr:2
:cls:1
PET MON 4th 175
2008 Audi Sport North America LMP1 Audi R10 TDI Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel) M SEB STP
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
LNB
ovr:2
cls:2
UTA
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
LIM
ovr:21
cls:3
MID
ovr:2
cls:2
AME
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS
ovr:2
cls:2
DET
ovr:DSQ
cls:DSQ
PET
ovr:1
cls:1
MON
ovr:2
cls:2
3rd 156
2010 Drayson Racing LMP1 Lola B09/60 Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10 M SEB
ovr:12
cls:4
LNB MON
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
UTA
ovr:2
cls:2
LIM MID AME MOS PET 12th 46

Macau Grand Prix Guia Race results

  • Spa 24 hours : 1st: 1986, 1990
  • 4 hours of Jarama: 1st: 1987
  • Grand Prix of Nürburgring 1st,1986

References

"Five-time LeMans winner Emanuele Pirro joins APR Motorsport for Rolex 24 at Daytona". APR Motorsport. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 201

  1. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. pp. 297-8. ISBN 0851127029.

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