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Franco Forini

22nd September 1958 (Age 62)
Muralto, Ticino
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This Italo-Swiss spent 1980 racing in the Alfasud one-make series before graduating to the European Formula 3 Championship a year later. It was a switch to the Italian series in 1983 that brought Franco Forini initial success when his Venturini Racing Dallara F383-Toyota won at Monza on his way to third in the championship.

Forini’s second season with the team was Alfa Romeo-powered and yielded further wins but he moved to Forti Corse for 1985 for what was his best season in the sport. His Dallara F385-Volkswagen won six times as Forini beat Alex Caffi and Fabrizio Barbazza to become the first foreigner to win the Italian F3 Championship.

His 1986 Formula 3000 graduation was a stuttering one and he failed to qualify Coloni’s year-old March-Cosworth at Vallelunga. He reappeared four rounds later with Sanremo Racing’s newer car to finish sixth at Imola. However, that proved to be a false dawn for his money ran out after five events – the last three of which had been DNQs.

Formula 1 with Osella

It was hardly the form of a future Formula 1 star but Forini was Caffi’s Osella team-mate for three GPs in 1987. His Osella FA1I-Alfa Romeo retired from the Italian and Portuguese Grands Prix and Forini ended his brief F1 career by failing to qualify in Spain.

He returned to F3 in Germany in 1988 and Italy (1989) but neither campaign was a success. That was enough to convince Forini to retire although he continued to work in Italian racing for a period. He also competed in occasional rallies and karting events and now works for a Swiss logistics company in Minusio.

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