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Michele Rugolo (born 31 August 1982 in Montebelluna) is an Italian racing driver.

Michele Rugolo
NationalityItaly Italian
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2003, 2011 - 2012, 2014, 2017
TeamsAutomotive Durango SRL
Krohn Racing
AF Corse
Best finish24th (2003)
Class wins0

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CareerEdit

Formula RenaultEdit

After competing in karting championships from 1992 to 1999, Rugolo competed in the Formula Renault 2000 Italy from 2000 to 2002, and then switched to Formula Nissan part-way through 2002.

Sports CarsEdit

Rugolo competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, finishing 11th overall in a Durango-Judd. In 2005, he competed in the American Le Mans Series, driving a Dodge Viper GTS-R. For 2007, he competed in the GT2 class of the FIA GT Championship, and moved into the International GT Open championship the following year.

He joined Krohn Racing in 2011 for its Intercontinental Le Mans Cup GTE-Am class effort, which saw class wins at the Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Rugolo, Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson helped take the team to a second-place finish in the class championship.

In 2012, Rugolo will return to Krohn Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

On Wednesday before the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, Lucas di Grassi wasn't able to get fast enough out of the car due to an ankle injury. Michele was asked to step in at the last moment, to replace Lucas di Grassi.[1]

Formula ThreeEdit

Rugolo has also competed in single seaters, coming fourth in Italian Formula Three in both 2004 and 2006.

Formula 3000Edit

Rugolo's success in F3 and connections with Durango, who also ran a Formula 3000 team, saw him called up to the series for the final race of the 2004 season; his home race at Monza. He retired from the race.

A1 Grand PrixEdit

Rugolo is also one of A1 Team Italy's drivers for the 2006-07 season, although he did not compete in a race in favour of Enrico Toccacelo or Alessandro Pier Guidi.

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 DC Points
2004 Durango Corse IMO CAT MON NUR MAG SIL HOC HUN SPA MNZ
Ret
NC 0

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003   Automotive Durango SRL   Sylvain Boulay
  Jean-Bernard Bouvet
Durango LMP1-Judd LMP900 277 24th 9th
2011   Krohn Racing   Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari F430 GTC GTE
Am
123 DNF DNF
2012   Krohn Racing   Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Am
323 25th 3rd
2014   AF Corse   Stephen Wyatt
  Sam Bird
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Am
22 DNF DNF
2017   AF Corse   James Calado
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Pro
312 46th 11th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Di Grassi ruled out of Le Mans with ankle injury". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  • Michele Rugolo career statistics at driverdb.com, retrieved 14 January 2007.

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