Emanuele Pirro

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Emanuele Pirro
Emanuele Pirro 2012 WEC Fuji 2.jpg
Born (1962-01-12) 12 January 1962 (age 52)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 1989 - 1991
Teams Benetton, Scuderia Italia
Races 40 (37 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 3
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1989 French Grand Prix
Last race 1991 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1981, 1998 - 2008, 2010
Teams Martini Racing, GTC Competition, Audi Sport Joest, Champion Racing, Drayson Racing
Best finish 1st (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007)
Class wins 6 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007)

Emanuele Pirro (born 12 January 1962, in Rome, Italy) is an Italian former Formula One driver and five time Le Mans 24 hour winner.

Career[edit]

Pirro started his racing career in karts at the age of 11. At 18, he raced with the Formula Fiat Abarth, then moving on to European Formula Three (1981–83), Formula Two (1984) and Formula 3000 (1985-1986). In 1988, he was the official test driver for the all-conquering McLaren Formula One team. He seemed set to make his Formula One debut at the 1989 French Grand Prix for Larrousse in place of Philippe Alliot but instead was hired by Benetton in place of the unfit Johnny Herbert. While he ran 3rd at Hockenheim before crashing out, his season was generally something of a disappointment, only scoring a single points finish (for 5th at the wet Australian Grand Prix).

He then signed a two-year deal with the Scuderia Italia team to drive their Dallara chassis. His pre-season was affected by a bout of hepatitis and he missed the first two races of 1990, with Gianni Morbidelli taking his place. As it turned out the car wasn't competitive or reliable, though he often spun of his own accord too. Pirro finished only three times from 14 starts, with 10th place in Hungary his best result. 1991 was more promising with Judd V10 engines added to the package. Despite scoring a point at Monaco Pirro was largely outpaced by team-mate JJ Lehto and still had a habit of getting involved in accidents (notably qualifying well in 7th at the Hungaroring only to collide immediately with Stefano Modena). He was unable to find another Formula One drive for 1992.

After leaving Formula One, Pirro returned to touring car racing, having spent 1986-88 as part of the Schnitzer BMW team in the European Touring Car Championship, as well as the inaugural World Touring Car Championship in 1987. Pirro won the Macau Guia race in 1991 and 1992 at the wheel of a BMW M3 Evolution, and the Italian Touring car championship in 1994 and 1995 driving for Audi.

Pirro driving an Audi R10 at Laguna Seca in 2006.

Further success followed in sports car racing, with three wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three consecutive years (2000 to 2002) partnered with Frank Biela and Tom Kristensen for Audi Sport Team Joest. Pirro, Frank Biela and Marco Werner made history by becoming the first drivers to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in a diesel-powered car. Pirro was driving the Audi R10 Diesel when it completed a record 380 laps of the La Sarthe circuit. The team repeated the feat the following year. Alongside teammates Dindo Capello and Allan McNish he won a historic race at Petit Le Mans in 2008, driving for Audi Sport North America.

Pirro retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season, having finished second in the American Le Mans series, and took an ambassadorial role with Audi in 2009. In 2010 he returned to race tracks as a third driver for private LMP1 Drayson Racing team. In 2011 he drove a V8 Supercar in Australia for Stone Brothers Racing at the Gold Coast 600, alongside New Zealander Shane Van Gisbergen.[1]

Pirro will take part in the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the wheel of an Audi R8 for APR Motorsport.[2]

Race results[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 Italy Martini Racing Italy Beppe Gabbiani Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Gr.5 47 DNF DNF
1998 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff
United Kingdom GTC Competition
Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
Italy Rinaldo Capello
McLaren F1 GTR-BMW GT1 228 DNF DNF
1999 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Belgium Didier Theys
Audi R8R LMP 360 3rd 2nd
2000 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
Germany Frank Biela
Audi R8 LMP900 368 1st 1st
2001 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
Germany Frank Biela
Audi R8 LMP900 321 1st 1st
2002 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
Germany Frank Biela
Audi R8 LMP900 375 1st 1st
2003 United States Champion Racing Sweden Stefan Johansson
Finland JJ Lehto
Audi R8 LMP900 372 3rd 1st
2004 United States ADT Champion Racing Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 LMP1 368 3rd 3rd
2005 United States ADT Champion Racing Germany Frank Biela
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R8 LMP1 364 3rd 3rd
2006 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 380 1st 1st
2007 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 369 1st 1st
2008 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Frank Biela
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 6th 6th
2010 United Kingdom Drayson Racing United Kingdom Paul Drayson
United Kingdom Jonny Cocker
Lola B09/60-Judd LMP1 254 NC NC

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(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[edit]

(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 DC Points
1985 Onyx Racing March 85B Cosworth SIL
7
THR
1
EST
4
VAL
1
PAU
2
SPA
Ret
DIJ
Ret
PER
2
ZEL
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
ZEL
Ret
BIR
Ret
BUG
1
JAR
1
2nd 32

Complete Formula One results[edit]

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

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1989 Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton B188 Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
MON
MEX
USA
CAN
FRA
9
GBR
11
23rd 2
Benetton B189 GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
1990 Scuderia Italia BMS Dallara 190 Cosworth 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 BMS Dallara 191 Judd 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

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

(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

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2013 Porsche AG ESP
MON
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
23†
UAE
UAE
NC‡ 0‡

† Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
‡ As Pirro was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Masahiro Hasemi
Guia Race winner
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Charles Kwan
Preceded by
Roberto Ravaglia
Italian Touring Car Champion
1994–1995
Succeeded by
Rinaldo Capello
Preceded by
Joachim Winkelhock
Super Tourenwagen Cup Champion
1996
Succeeded by
Laurent Aiello
Preceded by
Pierluigi Martini
Yannick Dalmas
Joachim Winkelhock
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2000 with:
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2001 with:
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Preceded by
Allan McNish
American Le Mans Series champion
2001
Succeeded by
Tom Kristensen
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2002 with:
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Preceded by
Marco Werner
J.J. Lehto
American Le Mans Series champion
2005
with Frank Biela
Succeeded by
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Preceded by
J.J. Lehto
Marco Werner
Tom Kristensen
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2006 with:
Frank Biela
Marco Werner
Succeeded by
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Marco Werner
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Marco Werner
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2007 with:
Frank Biela
Marco Werner
Succeeded by
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Tom Kristensen