Gianfranco Brancatelli

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Gianfranco Brancatelli
Born (1950-01-18) 18 January 1950 (age 67)
Turin, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 1979
Teams Kauhsen, Merzario
Entries 3 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1979 Spanish Grand Prix
Last entry 1979 Monaco Grand Prix

Gianfranco Brancatelli (born 18 January 1950 in Turin, Piedmont) is a former racing driver from Italy.

Career[edit]

His racing career began in 1973, in the Formula Abarth series. In 1975, he advanced to Italian Formula 3 racing. Brancatelli entered 3 Formula One Grands Prix in 1979 with Kauhsen (2 failures to qualify) and Merzario (1 failure to pre-qualify).

After his departure from Formula 1, Brancatelli went on to race in several Touring Car series, with some success. He would finish 4th in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship driving a BMW 635 CSi for Eggenberger Motorsport. For the 1985 ETCC, Eggenberger switched to the turbocharged Volvo 240T (while the championship winning Tom Walkinshaw Racing would switch from their powerful V12 Jaguar XJS' to the V8 powered Rover Vitesse), and along with Swedish driver Thomas Lindström, Brancatelli became the European Touring Car Champion, winning six out of fourteen races (Anderstorp, Zeltweg, Salzburgring, Nürburgring, Zolder and Estoril), along with three 2nd places and two 3rd places.

In 1986, Brancatelli switched to Tom Walkinshaw Racing where he drove a Rover Vitesse in the 1986 FIA International Touring Car Championship (essentially a renamed ETCC), but dropped to 12th in the standings winning only once at Andestorp. In 1987 the Italian driver would again switch teams, driving a BMW M3 for Italian outfit CiBiemme Sport in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship where he partnered another former Formula One driver Johnny Cecotto to win the 500 km de Bourgogne at Dijon-Prenois. He finished 8th in the WTCC while finishing 5th in the 1987 ETCC, also for CiBiemme, winning twice at Estoril and Zolder.

The 1988 ETCC saw Brancatelli on the move again, this time going back to Eggenberger Motorsport where he would serve as a driver in the team's 3rd Texaco Ford Sierra RS500 in a number of rounds. Brancatelli would also win the 1988 Italian Touring Car Championship driving a privately entered Alfa Romeo 75.

Other than his success in the 1985 ETCC, arguably Brancatelli's biggest wins in touring car racing were the 1985 Guia Race of Macau driving a Volvo 240T, and the 1989 Spa 24 Hours driving an Eggenberger Ford Sierra RS500 along with Bernd Schneider (yet another F1 driver, this time a current one) and Win Percy. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Brancatelli also travelled to Australia to drive in the Bathurst 1000 touring car race, though success would generally elude him. His best finish was in the 1987 WTCC round, the 1987 James Hardie 1000 where he and Johnny Cecotto would finish 7th outright and 3rd in class, though as they were the first registered WTCC drivers to finish the race they would receive top points for the round. His three other races at Bathurst in 1989, 1990 and 1991 would result in two failed to finish and one disqualification due to a technical infringement.

Brancatelli also raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on five occasions. His best finish was second place in the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Sauber C9 for Team Sauber Mercedes, co-driving with ex-Formula One drivers Mauro Baldi and Kenny Acheson. His four other races at Le Mans (1979, 1980, 1986 and 1990) all saw him fail to finish the race.

Brancatelli would continue racing until his retirement in the late 1990s.

Career results[edit]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1979 Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Kauhsen WK Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
NC 0
Team Merzario Merzario A2 MON
DNPQ
FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN
Source:[1]

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 DC Points
1984 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport / BMW Italia BMW 635 CSi MNZ
2
VAL
4
DON
Ret
PER
4
BRN
5
ZEL
6
SAL
3
NUR
1
SPA
Ret
SIL
1
ZOL
Ret
MUG
4
4th 151
1985 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport Volvo 240T MNZ
Ret
VAL
2
DON
4
AND
1
BRN
2
ZEL
1
SAL
1
NUR
1
SPA
3
SIL
3
NOG
6
ZOL
1
EST
1
JAR
2
1st 240
1986 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Rover Vitesse MNZ DON
4
HOC
Ret
MIS AND
1
BRN
4
ZEL
DNS
NUR
3
SPA SIL
Ret
NOG
Ret
ZOL JAR
4
EST
4
12th 123
1987 Italy CiBiEmme Sport BMW M3 DON
Ret
EST
1
AND
2
ZOL
Ret
ZEL
1
IMO
2
NOG
Ret
5th 150
1988 Italy Jolly Club
Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS500 MNZ DON EST JAR
Ret
DIJ
2
VAL
Ret
NUR
2
SPA
Ret
ZOL SIL
4
NOG 26th 80

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 DC Points
1987 Italy CiBiEmme Sport
West Germany BMW Motorsport
BMW M3 MNZ JAR
ovr:8
cls:6
DIJ
ovr:1
cls:1
NUR
Ret
SPA
Ret
BNO
ovr:5
cls:3
SIL
Ret
BAT
ovr:7
cls:3
CLD
ovr:4
cls:2
WEL
Ret
FJI
ovr:6
cls:3
8th 158

† Despite finishing 7th outright at Bathurst, as the highest placed registered WTCC car Brancatelli was awarded 1st place points for the round.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1979 Italy Carlo Pietromarchi Italy Carlo Pietromarchi
Italy Maurizio Micangeli
De Tomaso Pantera Gr.5
+2.0
108 DNF DNF
1980 Italy Scuderia Lancia Corse Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani
Finland Markku Alén
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Gr.5 26 DNF DNF
1986 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United Kingdom Win Percy
United States Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 C1 154 DNF DNF
1989 West Germany Team Sauber Mercedes Italy Mauro Baldi
United Kingdom Kenny Acheson
Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz C1 384 2nd 2nd
1990 Japan Nissan Motorsports International United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Julian Bailey
Nissan R90CK C1 142 DNF DNF

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987 Italy CiBiEmme Sport
West Germany BMW Motorsport
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 2 163 7th 3rd
1989 New Zealand Mark Petch Motorsport New Zealand Robbie Francevic Ford Sierra RS500 A 14 DNF DNF
1990 New Zealand Mark Petch Motorsport United Kingdom Robb Gravett Ford Sierra RS500 1 118 DNF DNF
1991 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Charlie O'Brien Ford Sierra RS500 1 158 DSQ DSQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 409. ISBN 0851127029. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Walkinshaw
European Touring Car Champion
1985 with
Thomas Lindström
Succeeded by
Roberto Ravaglia
Preceded by
Tom Walkinshaw
Guia Race winner
1985
Succeeded by
Johnny Cecotto
Preceded by
Michele di Gioia
Italian Touring Car Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Johnny Cecotto
Preceded by
Altfrid Heger
Dieter Quester
Roberto Ravaglia
Winner of the Spa 24 Hours
1989 with
Win Percy
Bernd Schneider
Succeeded by
Markus Oestreich
Fabien Giroix
Johnny Cecotto