Guillermo Ortelli

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Guillermo Ortelli (born in Salto, Buenos Aires Province on April 25, 1973) is an Argentine racing car driving, who currently is competing in several domestic series.

Biography[edit]

After having some success in football (he played for homecity's Club Sports Salto until 5th division and was champion once) he started his career in motor racing.

His father, Hugo, bought him a go-kart when he was 16 years old so he could compete in the Buenos Aires Province kart tournament. He was vice-champion in the series with rivals as Norberto Fontana. His talent was worthy of an invite by Tulio Crespi to drive for Argentine Formula Renault.

The two-year period in Formula Renault meant an opportunity to drive a Tulio Crespi's Ford Escort XR3 in TC2000 series. He also started his career in Turismo Carretera (TC), the most popular car racing category in Argentina. In 1998, he became the youngest TC champion. He was distinguished by Clarín and Olimpia Awards that year.

He got his second TC championship in 2000, assisted by Jorge Pedersoli and Sandro Crespi. He was also vice-champion in Top Race that year. The conflict between ACTC and CDA (ACA) meant that he could not compete in TC2000 (he was planned to partner Juan María Traverso and Lucas Armelini in Toyota team).

He managed to win both the 2001 Top Race and TC Championships to Omar Martínez in the very last race of each season. After the ACTC-ACA conflict came to an end, he could return to TC2000 at the wheel of Honda partnering Juan Manuel Silva and Oscar Larrauri.

In 2002, he was recruited by Tango Racing to drive for ARCA series. He took part of one race at the wheel of Chevy Monte Carlo but did not finish. He returned to Argentina and crowned himself again as Turismo Carretera champion.

He returned to new-born Top Race V6 in 2005, driving a Chevrolet Vectra sponsored by Club Atlético Boca Juniors. He snatched away with the title at the end of the season.

From 2006 to 2008, Ortelli continued in TC2000 in the works Chevrolet squad, finishing 6th, 4th and 2nd respectively. In 2009 he switched to Chevrolet, where he resulted 8th that year and 11th the next year. Therefore, he returned to Renault for 2011.

He is now competing in Turismo Carretera (Chevy Coupe) and TC2000 (Renault Fluence).

Titles[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Juan María Traverso
Turismo Carretera champion
1998
Succeeded by
Juan María Traverso
Preceded by
Juan María Traverso
Turismo Carretera champion
2000-2002
Succeeded by
Ernesto Bessone
Preceded by
Omar Martínez
Top Race V6 champion
2001
Succeeded by
Diego Aventín
Preceded by
Ernesto Bessone
Top Race V6 champion
2005
Succeeded by
Omar Martínez
Preceded by
Christian Ledesma
Turismo Carretera champion
2008
Succeeded by
Emanuel Moriatis
Preceded by
Agustín Canapino
Turismo Carretera champion
2011
Succeeded by
incumbent

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