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Emanuele Pirro

Emanuele Pirro 2006 EMS.jpg
Emanuele Pirro
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 1989 - 1991
Team(s) Benetton, Scuderia Italia
Races 40 (37 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Points 3
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1989 French Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1991 Australian Grand Prix
Le Mans Series
Years 1981, 1998 - 2008
Team(s) Martini Racing, GTC Competition, Audi Sport Joest, Champion Racing
Best Finish 1st (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007)
Class Wins 5 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007)


Emanuele Pirro (born January 12 1962 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian former Formula One driver and five time Le Mans 24 hour winner.


Biography

Pirro started his racing career in karts at the age of 11. At 18, he raced with the Formula Fiat Abarth, then moving on to F300, F2, F3. From 1989 to 1991, he was a Formula One driver and participated in 40 grands prix, first for Benetton and later for Scuderia Italia. He scored a total of 3 championship points.

After leaving Formula One, Pirro became involved in touring car winning the Macau Guia race twice in 1991 and 1992 at the wheel of a BMW M3 Evolution and the Italian Touring car championship in 1994 and 1995 driving for Audi.

Further success followed in sports car racing, with three wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three consecutive years (2000 to 2002) partnered with Frank Biela and Tom Kristensen for Audi Sport Team Joest.

Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela and Marco Werner made history by becoming the first drivers to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in a diesel-powered car. Pirro was driving the Audi R10 Diesel when it completed a record 380 laps of the La Sarthe circuit. The team repeated the feat the following year.

Pirro, alongside teammates Dindo Capello and Allan McNish won a historic race at Petit Le Mans in 2008, driving for Audi Sport North America.

Pirro retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season having finished second in the American Le Mans series and will take on an ambassadorial role with Audi in 2009.


Appearances in Video Gaming

In 2007, the video game Race Driver: GRID was released with many, actual race car drivers including Pirro himself. He stars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race featured at the end of every "season" the player finishes. He appears as the main opponent once you reach the LMP1 class of vehicle and drives the Audi R10 TDI.


Pirro driving an Audi R10 at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Result Team Car Class
1981 Ret Martini Racing Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Gr.5
1998 Ret Gulf Team Davidoff / GTC Competition McLaren F1 GTR GT1
1999 3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8R LMP
2000 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2001 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2002 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900
2003 3 Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP900
2004 3 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP1
2005 3 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP1
2006 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 LMP1
2007 1 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1
2008 6 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 LMP1


Complete Formula One results

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1989 Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton B188 Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
MON
MEX
USA
CAN
FRA
9
GBR
11
23rd 2
Benetton B189 GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
1990 Scuderia Italia BMS Dallara 190 Cosworth V8 USA BRA
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
11
GER
Ret
HUN
10
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
15
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1991 Scuderia Italia BMS Dallara 191 Judd V10 USA
Ret
BRA
11
SMR
DNPQ
MON
6
CAN
9
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
10
GER
10
HUN
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
10
POR
Ret
ESP
15
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
18th 1



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