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Renato Pirocchi began racing a 750cc Stanguellini sports car in 1954 and was crowned Italian champion in his second season. He switched to the fledgling Formula Junior category in 1959, initially with a Taraschi. His fortunes improved once he was driving a Stanguellini once more and Pirocchi won the national title in 1960.
But Pirocchi had set his sights higher for the following season – driving the Pescara Racing Club’s old Cooper T45-Climax in a series of lesser Italian Formula 1 races during 1961. He failed to qualify more often than not but he was on the grid for that year’s Italian Grand Prix. Starting on the penultimate row, Pirocchi ran at the back of the field before finishing 12th and last.
That was his only world championship GP and Pirocchi returned to Formula Junior in 1962. He retired from racing that year and later served as President of the Automobile Club di Pescara for two decades.