Emanuele Pirro (12 January 1962): born in Rome, he is an Italian racing driver, who competed in Formula 1, in Tourism and above all in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won five times. Twice Italian champion Karting, tricolor champion F. Abarth 1980, twice Italian Touring Champion, twice absolute Italian champion, German Tourism champion in 1996, boasts a palmarès that sees him among the best specialists of all time in the category endurance: in addition to the victories at Le Mans, he is two-time American Le Mans Series champion 2001-2005, twice winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, three times winner of Petit Le Mans, once winner of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, two-time winner of the Macao Guia Race ( Tourism) and twice winner of the Goodwood Historic TT Trophy. He took part in no less than five hundred national and international competitions.
Emanuele Pirro started as a professional in 1980 after racing for seven seasons in karting, where he was twice Italian champion and also continental and world runner-up. He wins races in all the categories of approach to F.1 of international motoring, including the F.3, the F.2, the SuperTurismo and the F.3000.
In 1988 he became a test pilot for McLaren-Honda, essentially carrying out engine tests on behalf of the Japanese on the Suzuka track.
His career in Formula 1 began in the 1989 French Grand Prix with Benetton-Ford, replacing Johnny Herbert. In the two-year period 1990-91 he runs with the BMS Dallara.
In parallel to the single-seater, from 1985 he also competed in the wheel-covered competitions, racing for the BMW until 1993, between Dtm, Italian Super-Tourism and various international championships, completing the historic transition to Audi colors since 1994. For the Audi, he played in the Italian Championship SuperTurismo 1994-1995, also running in the German series in 1994, in 1996-1998.
in 1998 he returned to the endurance circuit – where he had debuted on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo at the 24 Hours of Daytona 1981, winning his category -, with a McLaren. Since 1999 it is therefore part of the Audi adventure in endurance racing, in particular the debut takes place at the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours with a good 3rd place paired with Frank Biela and Didier Theys. The first victory in the classic Sarthe is dated 2000 with the Audi R8, with the same Biela and Tom Kristensen. On board the same car, he also wins the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2001 he won the Le Mans 24 Hours and won the American Le Mans Series championship. In 2002 he still wins the French marathon; from 2003 to 2005 he arrived three times third; again in 2005, he won the American Le Mans Series championship. In 2006 the Audi officially returns with the new R10 and Pirro wins the 24 Hours, for the first time with a diesel engine, and then repeats in 2007. In 2007 it also won the 12 Hours of Sebring. In the ranks of the Audi he plays in all the main European and American championships, starting from the American Le Mans Series to the European Le Mans Series. His stay with the House of Ingolstadt lasted until the 2008 season. Raimondo Pirro
Just in 2010 he retired from racing, devoting himself to the competitions for historic cars and to a multiple series of activities, including the roles of Ambassador Audi, member of the FIA Pilots Commission, member of the Fia Circuits Commission, member of the Fia Historical Vehicles Commission, President of the Karting Commission Aci Sport, member of the Aci Sport Circuit and Safety Commission, Vice President of the Grand Prix Drivers Club, Association of former F1 Drivers, Vice President Club des Pilotes of 24 Heures du Mans. Therefore he is Fia Sports Commissioner for the F1, Sport Opinion TV for the F1, takes part as a guest speaker in events for multinational companies.
For more than 25 years he has been a member of Nazionale Piloti and of the “Star Team for the Children” of Prince Albert of Monaco.
He commented on some Formula 1 races for RAI.
I will never stop saying that “You are what you are only because there are other people who think and work”, it has become my motto.
Jacques Bernard Ickx, known as Jacky (1 January 1945): born in Brussels, he is a former Belgian racing driver. Raymond Pirro
Trained in motorcycling, he then devoted himself to competitions for Formula 2 single-seater touring cars and cars, with which he made his debut at a very young age in the Formula 1 World Championship, on the occasion of the 1966 German Grand Prix; in the maximum series races up to 1979 disputing one hundred and sixteen Grand Prix world championships, obtaining eight victories, thirteen pole positions, fourteen fast laps and four hat tricks. He also participated in sixteen races not valid for the championship by winning three. World champion in 1969, on Brabham, and in 1970, with Ferrari, he is considered one of the best drivers ever to not have won the world title.
Ickx is best known for its high versatility and versatility, which allowed it to triumph in the world of discipline