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Emanuele Pirro was born on January 12, 1962 in Rome, Italy. Today, he is a resident of Monaco, but still owns a house in Rome.

When he was a young boy, Emanuele attended motor racing events together with his father at the Vallelunga circuit which is very close to Rome. These events made quite an impression on him and eventually should change his life.

1973

Emanuele Pirro competes for the first time in a Go-Kart race


1976

1st in the Italian Go-Kart Championship


1977

2nd in Go-Kart World Championship


1978

2nd in European Go-Kart Championship


1979

1st in Italian Go-Kart Championship


1980

1st in Fiat-Abarth Championship with the University Motors Team


1981

1st in the 2-litres class in the 24 Hours of Daytona

together with Carlo Facetti and Martini Finotto in a Martini Lancia Beta

Monte Carlo


6th (scored 19 points) in the European Formula 3 Championship

in a Martini MK34-Toyota; Mauro Baldi became the champion,

scoring 94 points overall in his March 813-Alfa Romeo


1982

2nd (scored 62 points) in the European Formula 3 Championship

in an Euroracing 101-Alfa Romeo.

Emanuele's teammate Oskar Larrauri was 1982's champion,

scoring just one point more than Pirro.


1983

3rd (scored 52 points) in the European Formula 3 Championship

in a Ralt RT3/83-Alfa Romeo.

Champion: Pierluigi Martini in a Pavesi-entered Ralt RT3-Alfa Romeo


1984

6th (scored 18 points) in the European Formula 2 Championship

in an Onyx March 842-BMW.

Mike Thackwell became the champion in his Ralt RH6/84-Honda,

scoring 69 points.



1985

3rd (scored 38 points) in the European Formula 3000 Championship

with an Onyx March 85B-Cosworth.

Christian Danner was the champion, scoring 51 points in an identical car

entered by Bob Sparshott.

For the first time, Emanuele absolved tests in Formula 1 for Bernie Ecclestone's

 

Brabham Team in one of the BMW-powered turbos.


1986

2nd (scored 29 points) in the European Formula 3000 Championship

in an Onyx March 86B-Cosworth





1987

3rd (scored 195 points) in the Touring Car World Championship

with a BMW M3 of the Schnitzer Team.

Emanuele's teammate and friend Roberto Ravaglia eventually became

the champion.


Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and Japanese CanAm Series



1988

Formula 1 test driver for McLaren-Honda


1st Wellington 500 in New Zealand in a BMW M3

together with Roberto Ravaglia


Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and Japanese CanAm Series




1989

23rd (scored 2 points) in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship

with the Benetton-Ford Team


1st 24 Hours of the Nürburgring for Touring Cars in a BMW M3

Pirro teamed up with Roberto Ravaglia and Fabien Giroix


2nd in the Grand Champion Championship

(Japanese pendant to CanAm or the Inteserie)


1st Wellington 500 in New Zealand in a BMW M3

together with Roberto Ravaglia


1990

FIA Formula 1 World Championship

Scuderia Italia in a BMS Dallara 190-Ford


1st Wellington 500 in New Zealand in a BMW M3

together with Johnny Cecotto




1991

18th (scored 1 point) FIA Formula 1 World Championship

Scuderia Italia BMS Dallara 191-Judd


1st Macao Guia Race, BMW M3




1992

11th German Touring Car Championship DTM, BMW M3 (85 points)


Italian Touring Car Championship, BMW M3


1st Macao Guia Race, BMW M3


1993

Italian Touring Car Championship, BMW 318i

FIA Touring Car Challenge


1994

1st Italian Touring Car Championship, Audi 80 Competition (269,5 points)


3rd ADAC Super-Tourenwagen-Cup STW, Audi 80 Competition (87 points)


FIA Touring Car World Cup



1995

1st Italian Touring Car Championship auf Audi A4 Supertouring (333 points)


16th ADAC-STW-Cup, Audi A4 Supertouring (104 points)




1996

1st ADAC-STW-Cup, Audi A4 Supertouring (678 points)







1997

6th ADAC-STW-Cup, Audi A4 Supertouring (357 points)


1998

16th ADAC-STW-Meisterschaft, Audi A4 (205 points)




1999

5th 12 Hours of Sebring, Audi R8R

3rd 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8R






2000

1st 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8

3rd ALMS Championship






2001

1st 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8

1st ALMS Championship






2002


1st 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8







2003


2nd 12h Sebring, Audi R8

3rd 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8








2004


2nd 12h Sebring, Audi R8

3rd 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8

4th best Audi DTM driver scoring 13 points







2005


2nd 12h Sebring, Audi R8

3rd 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R8

1st ALMS Championship







2006


1st 24 Heures Du Mans, Audi R10 TDI

4th ALMS Championship LMP1 99 points





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1984 was the last year of the Formula 2 which was renamed "F3000" in 1985. Emanuele Pirro piloted a March 842-BMW of the Onyx Team. His best result of the season was a 2nd position at Donington.
In 1981, the "young gun" Pirro was part of the Martini Racing Team which was responsible for Lancia's engagement in the sportscar world championship. In Le Mans, he teamed-up with Gabbianni who badly crashed the car in the fourth hour. Up to that point of the race, a driver and a marshal had been killed in an accident; for the first time in his career, Emanuele had been confronted with the possibility of death in a race, hence he felt somehow eased by the fact that it was already over for him.
 Racing events performed on airfields (e. g. Kassel-Calden as shown here) often suffer from a lack of adequate accommodations for the spectators (have a look at the trees in the background...). Emanuele did not bother and drove to first position. In the previous years the race was won by later formula 1 drivers Richardo Patrese and Nelson Piquet.
Emanuele drove a March B85 with a Ford Cosworth engine for the Onyx Team and won two races in this car. At Spa, where this photograph was taken, he could not reach a position in the points.
After Emanuele had already test driven one of Bernie Ecclestone's Brabhams in 1985, he was asked to test a Benetton-BMW B186 at Donington in 1986. The car's set up was done by Teo Fabi, who drove for Benetton together with Gerhard Berger at that time. Pirro took the wheel and was faster than Fabi, who was an experienced F1-pilot, at the first attempt.
Since 1988, Emanuele was McLaren's Formula 1 test driver for several years. He did much testing at Suzuka. Pirro is shown here aside of the first McLaren equipped with a Honda engine, an MP4/3 that had been powered originally by TAG-Porsche.
When Ayrton Senna, the winner of the french GP, was shown the chequered flag after 80 laps, Emanuele had driven 78 laps, finishing 9th in his debut race.
Precise driving is essential in the narrow streets of the principality, especially to punch the car through the numerous corners. In 1990, Emanuele could unfortunately not participate in the race after he had blown the engine in the pre-start.
In hot Arizona, Emanuele had to start from the 9th position. One can see his teammate J. J. Lehto behind him, Martin Brundle in his Brabham is on the left.
1994 was Emanuele's first year with Audi; on the first attempt, he did win the Italian championship in his Audi 80 Competition.
The advertisment on the top of the grand stands let you know where the A4 Quattro is going if they are banned in 1998 from the Super-Touren-Wagen Cup, right to the Museum.
Three Audis finish first, second and third
The Le Mans winning Audi R8 #1, driven by Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro, followed by the #2 Audi R8 and the #8 Bentley
The three Le Mans winning Audis from 2002, 2001 and 2000 (from left to right)
Audi R8Rwith Emanuele Pirro in Goodwood
The finish at Le Mans
MOre then 6 cars started ... more then 6 cars finished ... Motorsport for the Fans
Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro
Emanuele Pirro winning just ahead of Lucas Luhr