18 January 1950 |
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||3 (0 starts)|
|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. 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. Along with Swedish driver Thomas Lindström he won the 1985 European Touring Car Championship driving a Volvo 240 Turbo for Eggenberger Motorsport, winning six out of fourteen races. He drove a Rover Vitesse for Tom Walkinshaw Racing in the 1986 ETCC and 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 9th in that championship while finishing 5th in the 1987 ETCC. The following season 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. 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 240 Turbo and the 1989 Spa 24 Hours driving an Eggenberger Ford Sierra RS500 along with Bernd Schneider and Win Percy. He would continue racing until his retirement in the late 1990s.
Complete Formula One results
|1979||Willi Kauhsen Racing Team||Kauhsen WK||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||USW||ESP
|Team Merzario||Merzario A2||MON
|European Touring Car Champion
with Thomas Lindström
|Guia Race winner
Michele di Gioia
|Italian Touring Car Champion
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