Toni Branca

Antonio Branca (15 September 1916, Sion, Switzerland – 10 May 1985, Sierre, Switzerland) was a Formula One driver from Switzerland who competed in three World Championship races. His motor racing career was allegedly financed by an admiring Belgian countess, the Vicomtesse de Walkiers.[1][2] Branca mainly competed in privately owned Maserati 4CLT, in Formula One and Two races.

Toni Branca
Born(1916-09-15)15 September 1916
Sion, Valais, Switzerland
Died10 May 1985(1985-05-10) (aged 68)
Sierre, Valais, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
Active years1950 - 1953
Teamsnon-works Maserati
Entries3
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Swiss Grand Prix
Last entry1951 German Grand Prix

Branca made his Formula One debut at the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix, finishing 11th, and briefly led the non-championship Formula One race in Circuit des Nations at Geneva in a Simca-Gordini.[3] He scored a number of top-six placings in other minor races, his best finish being fourth at a Formula Two race at the Aix les Bains Circuit du Lac,[2][4] before entering the Belgian Grand Prix and finishing in 10th place. Branca continued to race in 1951, retiring from the Formula One German Grand Prix and finishing sixth in the non-championship Pescara Grand Prix,[3][5] but finished competing in Grand Prix racing at the end of the year.[3]

Branca competed at a lower level until the mid-1950s, racing in hillclimbs[1] and participated twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.[2] Racing with a Moretti 750cc, in 1955 the car was not ready and could not be brought to the starting line at the time of the start, and in 1956 the car broke down before his turn behind the steering wheel.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1950 Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT Maserati Straight-4 GBR MON 500 SUI
11
NC 0
Antonio Branca BEL
10
FRA ITA
1951 Antonio Branca Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
Ret
ITA ESP
DNA
NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Richard. "Where are they now: Toni Branca". Old Racing Cars. Retrieved 19 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Toni Branca profile". ESPN F1. ESPN. Retrieved 19 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Antonio Branca profile". Grandprix.com. Inside F1. Retrieved 19 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "II Circuit du Lac 1950". Formula2.net. Retrieved 19 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "1951 Pescara Circuit - Classification". Chicane F1. Retrieved 19 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)