6 Hours of Vallelunga

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The track as it was in 2003

The 6 Hours of Vallelunga (6 Ore di Vallelunga in Italian) is an endurance sports car racing event held annually at the ACI Vallelunga Circuit in Vallelunga, Italy.

First established in 1973, the six hour race was initially held as a round of the World Championship for Makes until 1980, when it was no longer included in the World Championship calendar.[1] It was not until 1994 that a six hour race returned to Vallelunga, briefly part of the Italian GT Championship calendar in 1995 and later in 1999. It was also part of the brief Italian Endurance Challenge in 1997 and 1998. The Vallelunga Circuit was extended in 2005 from 3.2 km (2.0 mi) to 4.1 km (2.5 mi).

The event, currently organized by Peroni Promotion, now runs as a non-championship endurance held as a double weekend in the late autumn and is attended by several international teams. The Vallelunga Silver Cup is held by touring cars, mostly from one-makes cups and Super Production, while the Vallelunga Gold Cup, held one week later, allows for a variety of competitors, mixing sports prototypes and grand tourers.

Winners[2][edit]

Year Date Drivers Team Car Championship
1973 March 25 France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
France François Cevert
France Equipe Matra-Simca Matra-Simca MS670B World Championship for Makes
1976 April 4 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Martini Racing Porsche 935 World Championship for Makes
1977 October 23 Italy Luigi Moreschi
Italy "Dino"
Italy Scuderia Vesuvio Porsche 935 World Championship for Makes
1978 September 3 France Henri Pescarolo
France Bob Wollek
Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 935/77A World Championship for Makes
1979 September 16 Italy Giorgio Franchi
Italy Lella Lombardi
Italy Enzo Osella Osella PA7-BMW World Championship for Makes
1980 September 7 Italy Giorgio Franchi
Italy Roberto Marazzi
Italy Giorgio Franchi Osella PA8-BMW World Championship for Makes
1994 October 31 Italy Luciano della Noce
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Sweden Strandell Totip Ferrari F40 GTE Non-Championship
1995 November 19 Italy Luciano della Noce
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Italy Ennea Racing Ferrari F40 GTE Coppa GT
1996 November 17 Italy Luciano della Noce
Italy Mimmo Schiattarella
Italy Euro Racing Ferrari F40 GTE Non-Championship
1997 November 16 Germany Thomas Bscher
Denmark John Nielsen
United Kingdom GTC Competition McLaren F1 GTR Challenge Endurance Italia
1998 November 15 Italy Fabio Mancini
Italy Denny Zardo
Italy Tampolli Racing Tampolli RTA98-Alfa Romeo Challenge Endurance Italia
1999 November 21 Italy Denny Zardo
Italy Angelo Lancelotti
Italy Denny Zardo Tampolli RTA98-Alfa Romeo GT Italian Challenge
2000 November 12 Italy Denny Zardo
Italy Angelo Lancelotti
Italy Tampolli Engineering Tampolli RTA98-Alfa Romeo Non-Championship
2001 November 11 Italy Massimo Saccomanno
Italy Ernesto Saccomanno
Italy Audisio & Benvenuto Lucchini-Alfa Romeo Non-Championship
2002 November 10 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Michele Rugolo
Italy Leonardo Maddalena
Italy Automotive Durango GMS Durango 01-Judd Non-Championship
2003 November 9 Italy Filippo Vita
Italy Luigi de Luca
Italy Team Siliprandi Lucchini-Alfa Romeo Non-Championship
2004 November 13 Italy Stefano Zonca
Italy Angelo Lancelotti
United Kingdom Lister Racing Lister Storm LMP-Chevrolet Non-Championship
2005 November 13 Italy Davide Mastracci
Italy Leonardo Maddalena
Italy Michele Rugolo
Italy Racing Box SRL Maserati MC12 GT1 Non-Championship
2006 November 19 Portugal Pedro Lamy
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Racing Box SRL Maserati MC12 GT1 Non-Championship
2007 November 18 Italy Franco Ghiotto
Italy Marco Didaio
Italy Davide Uboldi
Italy WRC Norma M20-BMW Non-Championship
2008 November 22 Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Maurizio Mediani
Italy Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT2 Non-Championship
2009 November 22 Italy Thomas Biagi
Italy Filippo Francioni
Italy Edoardo Piscopo
Italy Racing Box SRL Lola B08/80-Judd Non-Championship
2010 November 21 Italy Alessandro Garofano
Italy Luca Rangoni
Italy Marco Mapelli
Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 Non-Championship
2011 November 20 Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTC Endurance Champions Cup
2012 November 25 Russia Aleksandr Skryabin
Italy Alessandro Balzan
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Russia Estamotorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Endurance Champions Cup
2013 November 17 Italy Andrea Bertolini
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTC

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/roadracing/news/six-hours-of-vallelunga-pre-race-notes/, Accessed on June 26, 2014
  2. ^ http://www.racingsportscars.com/track/archive/Vallelunga.html, Accessed on June 26, 2014