Andrea Piccini

Andrea Piccini (born 12 December 1978 in Sansepolcro) is an Italian racing driver and the part-owner of the Iron Lynx Motorsport Lab ELMS and Italian F4 team.

Andrea Piccini
NationalityItaly Italian
Born (1978-12-12) 12 December 1978 (age 42)
Sansepolcro, Italy
FIA GT1 World Championship career
Debut season2010
Current teamHexis AMR
Car number4
Starts9
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish25th in 2010
Previous series
1999-2001
2003-08
2004, 09-10
2006
2009
2010
International Formula 3000
FIA GT Championship
Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series
International GT Open
French GT Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2006, 2008 - 2009
TeamsAston Martin Racing, Racing Box
Best finish6th (2006)
Class wins0

Single SeatersEdit

Piccini began his single seater career in 1994, when he began competing in go-kart races. In 1997, he started competing in Formula Opel Europe. He finished third in the 1998 standings. He went on to race in International Formula 3000 in 1999 up until 2001, picking up only six points in the three seasons. In 2001, he was signed as a test driver for the European Minardi Formula One.

Sports CarsEdit

After a disappointing single-seater career, he went on to race in sports car racing. In 2003, he was signed by Lister Racing to compete in the FIA GT Championship. He picked up three podiums for the team along with Swiss co-driver Jean-Denis Délétraz. He was signed by Aston Martin Racing in 2006 who wanted to race their new GT1-spec DBR9. He raced two rounds of the American Le Mans Series, scoring in one of those events, being round five. He then went on to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished second in the GT1 class with teammates Tomáš Enge and Darren Turner. He reunited with his 2003 FIA GT teammate Jean-Denis Délétraz for the 2006 season. They raced for Phoenix Racing who ran a DBR9. Piccini finished third in the championship, taking a win at the final round of the season.

 
Piccini driving a Lola B08/80-Judd at the 2010 1000 km of Spa.

2007 was a slightly quieter year for Piccini, he did not race at Le Mans or in ALMS but did contest the FIA GT, this time for Scuderia Playteam who ran a Maserati MC12 GT1. His teammate was reigning FIA GT co-champion Andrea Bertolini. The pair finished fifth place with only one win during the season. In 2008, Piccini raced six of the ten rounds of the FIA GT Championship, four races in the GT1 class for RBlmmo Racing and two in the GT2 class for CR Scuderia Racing. He did not earn a point for RBlmmo Racing but finished in good points scoring places for CR Scuderia, finishing fourth at the Spa 24 Hours and second place in round eight at Nogaro. He was called upon again by Aston Martin Racing to compete at the years 24 Hours of Le Mans. He managed to finish the #007 car fourth place in class with veteran teammates Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger.

He moved on from FIA GT and in 2009, he raced for Italian team Racing Box in the Le Mans Series, who ran a LMP2-spec Lola B08/80-Judd. He was joined by fellow Italian compatriots and former FIA GT champions Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi for the season. They picked up a class win in the opening round at Catalunya but the success was short-lived. Piccini finished fifth in the standings. Racing Box then entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the same car but unfortunately retired after 203 laps. 2010 saw Piccini contest only the first two rounds of the Le Mans Series season for Racing Box, before returning to GT racing in the form of the FIA GT1 World Championship. He was reunited with Phoenix Racing who he raced with in FIA GT in 2006, but raced a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R rather than the DBR9. He contested three of the ten rounds, earning an impressive podium finish at the opening round in Abu Dhabi alongside Mike Hezemans. He is now back behind the wheel of an Aston DBR9 for Hexis AMR for the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[1]

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
1999 Kid Jensen Racing IMO
Ret
MON
Ret
CAT
DNQ
MAG
13
SIL
8
A1R
5
HOC
DNQ
HUN
Ret
SPA
DNQ
NUR
DNQ
19th 2
2000 Kid Jensen Racing IMO
Ret
SIL
DNQ
CAT
11
NUR
9
MON
Ret
MAG
12
A1R
Ret
HOC
4
HUN
16
SPA
13
20th 3
2001 European Minardi F3000 INT
11
IMO
Ret
CAT
13
A1R
6
MON
Ret
NÜR
9
MAG
Ret
SIL
Ret
HOC
Ret
HUN
8
SPA
Ret
MNZ
8
18th 1

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006   Aston Martin Racing   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 350 6th 2nd
2008   Aston Martin Racing   Heinz-Harald Frentzen
  Karl Wendlinger
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 339 16th 4th
2009   Racing Box   Thomas Biagi
  Matteo Bobbi
Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 203 DNF DNF
2019   Kessel Racing   Claudio Schiavoni
  Sergio Pianezzolla
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
324 46th 13th
2020   Iron Lynx   Rino Mastronardi
  Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo GTE
Am
211 DNF DNF

Complete GT1 World Championship resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Phoenix Racing / Carsport Corvette ABU
QR

16
ABU
CR

3
SIL
QR
SIL
CR
BRN
QR
BRN
CR
PRI
QR

6
PRI
CR

5
SPA
QR

Ret
SPA
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
INT
QR
NT
CR
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
25th 25
2011 Hexis AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR

9
ABU
CR

4
ZOL
QR

10
ZOL
CR

2
ALG
QR

11
ALG
CR

8
SAC
QR

5
SAC
CR

1
SIL
QR

10
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

5
NAV
CR

5
PRI
QR

6
PRI
CR

5
ORD
QR

8
ORD
CR

4
BEI
QR

3
BEI
CR

10
SAN
QR

14
SAN
CR

5
3rd 111

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ English, Steven (27 January 2011). "Piccini joins Hexis Aston Martin team". Autosport. Retrieved 14 August 2014.

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