Stefano D'Aste

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Stefano D'Aste
Stefano D'Aste 2009 WTCC Race of Japan.jpg
Nationality  Italian
Born (1974-02-26) February 26, 1974 (age 40)
Genoa (Italy)
Previous series
2008, 2011
2005
2005–2013
2004
2001–2002
2000
GT4 European Cup
Italian Superturismo Championship
World Touring Car Championship
European Touring Car Championship
Renault Sport Clio Trophy
Italian Formula Renault
Championship titles
2008 WTCC Independents' Trophy

Stefano D'Aste (born 26 February 1974 in Genoa) is an Italian auto racing driver.

His early racing career included competing on motorcycles and the Monza International Rally. He has competed in the World Touring Car Championship between 2004 (when it was known as the European Touring Car Championship) and 2013.

Racing career[edit]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Proteam Motorsport (2005–06)[edit]

In 2005 D'Aste competed for Proteam Motorsport in a BMW 320i, finishing third in the Independents' Trophy, with second overall in the second race at Spa-Francorchamps as his best result. He continued with Proteam in 2006, again finishing third in the Independents' Trophy, with a best overall finish of tenth.

Wiechers-Sport (2007)[edit]

For 2007, D'Aste moved to the Wiechers-Sport team, where he won the Yokohama Independents Trophy in a BMW 320si. His best overall finish was again tenth.

Scuderia Proteam Motorsport (2008)[edit]

In 2008 he stayed in the WTCC, returning to Proteam Motorsport for his third season at the team. He failed to retain his Independents' crown, finishing third in the final standings. He decided not to attend the final rounds in Macau as a protest at being given a five-place grid penalty after an incident at the previous round in Japan. This was despite being in contention to keep his teammate Sergio Hernández from taking his title.[1]

Wiechers-Sport (2009)[edit]

For 2009 D'Aste was due to continue in the WTCC for Proteam,[2] but the deal collapsed and returned instead to Wiechers-Sport.[3] He finished the season nineteenth in the drivers' standings with a best result of sixth at the Race of Germany.

Scuderia Proteam Motorsport (2010)[edit]

In 2010, D'Aste returned for a third stint at Proteam.[4] He elected to again miss the season finale at Macau in order to attend the Monza Rally Show, this despite still being in contention for the Independents' Trophy and leaving teammate Hernandez as Proteam's only title challenger.[5] D'Aste ended the season sixth in the Independents' Trophy and nineteenth in the overall standings with a best finish of ninth at the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic.

Wiechers-Sport (2011–2012)[edit]

D'Aste returned to the WTCC midseason in 2011, replacing Urs Sonderegger at Wiechers-Sport from the sixth round in Portugal.[6] He qualified tenth and took the benefit of the race two reversed grid pole position on his first outing under the new qualifying rules.[7] He took the first point of the season for the team in race one but finished out of the points in the second race. D'Aste missed the next round of the WTCC to race in the GT4 European Cup – driving a Lotus Evora for Gianni Giudici's eponymous team – but he returned for the rounds at Oschersleben and Valencia. He finished the season 17th in the overall standings, by this time his best finish in the WTCC despite having only competed in three events.

After selected outings in 2011, D'Aste returned to Wiechers-Sport for a full season in 2012.[8] D'Aste took his first overall WTCC win at the Salzburgring, where a series of punctures for the front wheel drive cars allowed him to pass race leader Robert Huff at the last corner.[9] For the fourth time in 2012, he started from the reversed grid pole at Suzuka; he led from start to finish to claim his second win of the season ahead of independent rival Pepe Oriola and Gabriele Tarquini.[10] D'Aste finished on the podium once again at the Race of China, finishing third behind Chevrolet drivers Huff and Menu in race one. He ran as high as second in race two but the drivers' door on his car was stuck open and he dropped down the order. He went to the Race of Macau in contention for the Yokohama Trophy, 15 points behind trophy leader Norbert Michelisz. He qualified behind both his rivals and was then caught up in a pileup at Lisboa corner on the first lap, which caused considerable damage to D'Aste's car and he retired on lap two. Another accident in race two meant he scored no points from the meeting and remained third in the Yokohama Trophy; although 2012 did mark his best placing in the overall championship so far, with seventh place.

PB Racing (2013)[edit]

D'Aste established his own team called PB Racing for the 2013 season which he would drive a BMW 320 TC for.[11] The crashed out of the first race of the Race of Italy when he spun on exit of Ascari on lap four and hit the barriers, skating over the track and then hitting the barriers on the other side before coming to a halt. He started race 2 from the back of the grid, but after a fantastic driving, he finished in 9.[12]

Racing record[edit]

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2004 Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i MNZ
1

13
MNZ
2

8
VAL
1

14
VAL
2

12
MAG
1

10
MAG
2

9
HOC
1

16
HOC
2

DNS
BRN
1

16
BRN
2

14
DON
1

16
DON
2

Ret
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

DNS
IMO
1

15
IMO
2

Ret
OSC
1
OSC
2
DUB
1
DUB
2
20th 1

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i ITA
1

16
ITA
2

22
FRA
1

Ret
FRA
2

DNS
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

Ret
SMR
1

22
SMR
2

15
MEX
1

12
MEX
2

11
BEL
1

16
BEL
2

2
GER
1

20
GER
2

19
TUR
1

14
TUR
2

15
ESP
1

17
ESP
2

17
MAC
1

11
MAC
2

Ret
18th 8
2006 Proteam Motorsport BMW 320i ITA
1

14
ITA
2

21
FRA
1

18
FRA
2

10
GBR
1

19
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

19
GER
2

19
BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

Ret
MEX
1

22
MEX
2

Ret
CZE
1

13
CZE
2

11
TUR
1

12
TUR
2

11
ESP
1

20
ESP
2

19
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

11
NC 0
2007 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si BRA
1

11
BRA
2

13
NED
1

17
NED
2

18
ESP
1

12
ESP
2

18
FRA
1

13
FRA
2

Ret
CZE
1

14
CZE
2

10
POR
1

11
POR
2

14
SWE
1

21
SWE
2

19
GER
1

17
GER
2

13
GBR
1

17
GBR
2

17
ITA
1

21
ITA
2

10
MAC
1

18
MAC
2

12
NC 0
2008 Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si BRA
1

9
BRA
2

16
MEX
1

13
MEX
2

14
ESP
1

14
ESP
2

15
FRA
1

18
FRA
2

14
CZE
1

25
CZE
2

21
POR
1

19
POR
2

16
GBR
1

12
GBR
2

7
GER
1

9
GER
2

13
EUR
1

18
EUR
2

16
ITA
1

24
ITA
2

14
JPN
1

9
JPN
2

23
MAC
1
MAC
2
18th 2
2009 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

20
MEX
1

12
MEX
2

16
MAR
1

16
MAR
2

13
FRA
1

Ret
FRA
2

DNS
ESP
1

9
ESP
2

9
CZE
1

17
CZE
2

15
POR
1

10
POR
2

9
GBR
1

9
GBR
2

13
GER
1

6
GER
1

16
ITA
1

12
ITA
2

10
JPN
1

24
JPN
2

10
MAC
1

DNS
MAC
2

DNS
18th 3
2010 Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si BRA
1

17
BRA
1

15
MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

11
ITA
1

11
ITA
2

11
BEL
1

16
BEL
2

13
POR
1

14
POR
1

13
GBR
1

18
GBR
2

11
CZE
1

10
CZE
2

9
GER
1

15
GER
2

16
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

DNS
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

17
MAC
1
MAC
2
19th 3
2011 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC BRA
1
BRA
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1

10
POR
2

11
GBR
1
GBR
2
GER
1

6
GER
2

9
ESP
2

10
ESP
2

11
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
17th 12
2012 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC ITA
1

11
ITA
2

5
ESP
1

11
ESP
2

3
MAR
1

5
MAR
2

5
SVK
1

5
SVK
2

14
HUN
1

17
HUN
2

8
AUT
1

Ret
AUT
2

1
POR
1

11
POR
2

18
BRA
1

17
BRA
2

13
USA
1

9
USA
2

9
JPN
1

8
JPN
2

1
CHN
1

3
CHN
2

4
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

23
7th 144
2013 PB Racing BMW 320 TC ITA
1

Ret
ITA
2

9
MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

14
SVK
1

12
SVK
2

11
HUN
1

14
HUN
2

11
AUT
1

15
AUT
2

DNS
RUS
1

10
RUS
2

8
POR
1

8
POR
2

12
ARG
1

14
ARG
2

10
USA
1

10
USA
2

10
JPN
1

29
JPN
2

9
CHN
1

28
CHN
2

9
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

Ret
16th 20

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meissner, Johan (4 November 2008). "D'Aste withdraws from Macau in protest". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/fiawtcc/sport_sto1784716.shtml D’Aate to stay with Proteam.
  3. ^ http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=3046 D'Aste returns to Wiechers Sport.
  4. ^ http://www.touringcartimes.com/news.php?id=4308 Stefano D'Aste returns to Proteam
  5. ^ Casillo, Pietro (9 November 2010). "Stefano D’Aste to miss Macau". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Courtoisier, Arnaud (25 June 2011). "Stefano D’Aste returns to Wiechers-Sport". Nextgen-Auto.com. Nextgen-Auto. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil (2 July 2011). "D'Aste: "It's very nice to start in first position"". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Auger, Matt (17 February 2012). "D’Aste Returns to Wiechers-Sport". Touring-Cars.net. Andrew Abbott. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Mills, Peter (20 May 2012). "Stefano D'Aste takes first World Touring Car win amid puncture mayhem at the Salzburgring". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Mills, Peter (21 October 2012). "Stefano D'Aste takes lights to flag race two win". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "STEFANO D’ASTE TO RACE FOR HIS OWN TEAM". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 1 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Abbott, Andrew (24 March 2013). "Muller takes first win of year". TouringCars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Stefano D'Aste at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Coronel
World Touring Car Championship
Independents' Trophy winner

2007
Succeeded by
Sergio Hernández