Ronnie Quintarelli

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Ronnie Quintarelli
Ronnie Quintarelli.jpeg
Quintarelli in 2015 SUPER GT Motegi
Nationality Italian
Born (1979-08-09) 9 August 1979 (age 40)
Negrar, Italy
Super GT career
Debut season2005
Current teamNISMO
Car number23
Former teamsSARD, Lexus Team Cerumo, Lexus Team Kraft, Hasemi Motorsport, Team Impul, Mola
Starts109
Championships4 (2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015)
Wins14
Poles14
Best finish1st in 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015
Finished last season3rd
Previous series
2005-2008Formula Nippon

Ronnie Quintarelli (born 9 August 1979) is an Italian racecar driver.

Biography[edit]

Quintarelli first encountered motorsports at age 6 when his father gave him a small go-kart. After starting his karting career in 1990, he scored two second place finishes in the World Formula Super A championship and a European Formula C title.[1] He made his single seaters debut in 2000 when he entered the Italian Formula Renault Championship and ended up third with Prema Powerteam. He also entered the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the German Formula Three Championship and the Formula Volkswagen Germany.

In 2005, he scored his maiden GT win in the 1000 km Suzuka race with André Couto and Hayanari Shimoda and later made his way to the Super GT. After spending two seasons under the Lexus banner, Quintarelli moved to the Nissan camp, securing multiple victories. Driving for the Mola team, he won two consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012 partnered by Masataka Yanagida. He later joined the Nismo Official Team alongside Tsugio Matsuda. The pairing cruised to two more titles in 2014 and 2015 which made Quintarelli the most titled driver in the history of the series. While still fighting for the title in 2016 with a third place, the Nissan teams struggled at the beginning of the following year but Quintarelli and Matsuda rallied to finish the season in second place. In 2018, they were again steadily at the front of the Nissan roster, and managed to snatch a win at Fuji Speedway. Unfortunately, they would not hit the top-5 again, eventually taking eighth place in the championship. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Based in Yokohama, Quintarelli speaks Japanese fluently and serves as a TV color commentator for the Super Formula series. In recent years, he devoted his efforts towards the people affected by earthquakes, raising awareness and providing support to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami relief. Together with fellow Super GT regular Andrea Caldarelli, he led a fundraising campaign in favour of the populations impacted by the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquakes. His cross-border charity efforts, together with his sporting results, earned him the title of Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy.[3]

Awards[edit]

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5th Class/Officer: Order of the Star of Italy: 2015[4]

Racing record[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Italia Prema Powerteam * 2 1 * 3rd
2001 Formula Renault Eurocup Cram Competition 5 1 1 66 7th
2002 Formula Volkswagen Team Penker Racing * 4 2 * 2nd
GC-21 Inging Motorsport 1 0 1 - -
2003 All-Japan F3 Inging Motorsport 20 0 0 200 4th
Macau Grand Prix JB Motorsport with Inging 1 0 0 0 4th
Korea Super Prix JB Motorsport with Inging 1 0 0 0 16th
2004 All-Japan F3 Inging Motorsport 20 4 8 251 1st
Macau Grand Prix Inging Motorsport 1 0 0 0 8th
Bahrain Super Prix Inging Motorsport 1 0 0 0 22nd
2005 Formula Nippon Kondo Racing Team 6 0 0 12 9th
Super GT (GT500) SARD 8 0 1 21 16th
1000 km Suzuka (Pokka 1000 km) SARD 1 0 0 - 1st
2006 Formula Nippon Team Boss Inging 9 0 0 6 10th
Super GT (GT500) Cerumo 1 0 0 9 24th
Formula One Midland F1 Test driver
2007 Formula Nippon Team Boss Inging 9 0 1 27 7th
Super GT (GT500) Bandai Toyota Team Kraft 3 0 0 2 24th
2008 Formula Nippon Cerumo / Inging 8 0 0 21.5 9th
Super GT (GT500) Hasemi Motorsport 9 1 1 39 12th
2009 Super GT (GT500) Hasemi Motorsport 9 1 1 49 7th
2010 Super GT (GT500) Team Impul 7 0 1 47 5th
2011 Super GT (GT500) Mola 8 1 2 90 1st
2012 Super GT (GT500) Mola 8 1 2 93 1st
2013 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 1 0 50 6th
2014 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 2 2 81 1st
2015 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 2 2 79 1st
2016 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 0 2 62 3rd
2017 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 1 1 82 2nd
2018 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 0 1 43 8th
2019 Super GT (GT500) Nismo 8 3 0 52.5 3rd
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 1 0 0 0 NC†

As Quintarelli was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2005 SARD Toyota Supra GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
Ret
SEP
9
SUG
2
MOT
14
FUJ
12
AUT
11
SUZ
11
16th 21
2006 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus SC430 GT500 SUZ OKA FUJ SEP SUG SUZ
7
MOT AUT FUJ 24th 9
2007 Lexus Team Kraft Lexus SC430 GT500 SUZ OKA FUJ SEP
11
SUG
9
SUZ
Ret
MOT AUT FUJ 24th 2
2008 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
15
OKA
10
FUJ
15
SEP
9
SUG
11
SUZ
5
MOT
1
AUT
6
FUJ
13
12th 39
2009 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
12
SUZ
13
FUJ
7
SEP
1
SUG
9
SUZ
2
FUJ
6
AUT
8
MOT
12
7th 49
2010 Impul Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
Ret
OKA
4
FUJ
6
SEP
1
SUG
4
SUZ
12
FUJ
C
MOT
5
5th 47
2011 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
6
FUJ
10
SEP
2
SUG
1
SUZ
2
FUJ
7
AUT
2
MOT
2
1st 90
2012 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
8
SEP
14
SUG
3
SUZ
1
FUJ
2
AUT
1
MOT
2
1st 93
2013 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
Ret
SEP
9
SUG
3
SUZ
2
FUJ
9
AUT
8
MOT
8
6th 50
2014 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
8
AUT
1
SUG
14
FUJ
2
SUZ
2
BUR
10
MOT
1
1st 81
2015 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
13
FUJ
1
CHA
5
FUJ
4
SUZ
7
SUG
6
AUT
1
MOT
2
1st 79
2016 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
1
FUJ
1
SUG
9
FUJ
4
SUZ
6
CHA
14
MOT
9
MOT
7
3rd 62
2017 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
4
AUT
5
SUG
4
FUJ
2
SUZ
2
CHA
9
MOT
1
2nd 82
2018 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
1
SUZ
6
CHA
12
FUJ
9
SUG
7
AUT
15
MOT
7
8th 43
2019 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
2‡
FUJ
2
SUZ
Ret
CHA
11
FUJ
3
AUT
13
SUG
3
MOT
8
3rd 52.5

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CIK-FIA History
  2. ^ SUPER GT’S 7 Most Dominant Champions
  3. ^ Onorificenze
  4. ^ "Onoreficenze". quirinale.it (in Italian). 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
James Courtney
All-Japan Formula 3 Championship
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
João Paulo de Oliveira
Preceded by
Takashi Kogure
Loïc Duval
Super GT
GT500 Champion

20112012
With: Masataka Yanagida
Succeeded by
Kohei Hirate
Yuji Tachikawa
Preceded by
Kohei Hirate
Yuji Tachikawa
Super GT
GT500 Champion

20142015
With: Tsugio Matsuda
Succeeded by
Kohei Hirate
Heikki Kovalainen