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Roberto Ravaglia

Born:
26th May 1957 (Age 63)
Venice, Veneto
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Check Roberto Ravaglia’s passport and it probably lists his profession as racing driver, now team owner. Touring car legend would be more apt.

Early single-seater career

A former national karting champion, Ravaglia raced a Trivelatto Racing Dallara-Toyota in Italian Formula 3 in 1981 – winning once. He continued in the category for another two seasons with the team. The highlight of his 1983 European campaign came on the tight French street circuit at La Châtre. He qualified his Ralt RT3-Toyota in second position and passed Didier Theys’ Alfa Romeo-powered car to win for the only time.

However, Ravaglia’s future lay in saloon cars and he raced in the European Touring Car Championship from 1984. Soon a star for Schnitzer BMW, the Italian’s BMW 635CSi won the final round of that year’s championship and he triumphed again in the 1985 Spa 24 Hours.

World Touring Car Champion

Ravaglia won the 1986 ETCC title with Gerhard Berger and Emanuele Pirro among his co-drivers. Now driving a Schnitzer BMW M3, he then won the one-off 1987 World Championship and claimed another ETCC title a year later. That 1988 success included another victory in the Spa 24 Hours as Ravaglia established himself as the master of this form of the sport.

The FIA suspended its premier saloon car championship after that season and Ravaglia – its leading light for three years in succession – switched to the German DTM Championship for 1989. The end result was the same however for he was rewarded with his fourth major title in a row.

Another three touring car titles followed in the Italian series to confirm one of saloon car racing’s (and BMW’s) greatest drivers. Winner of the Spa 24 Hours once more in 1994, he made an unsuccessful foray into the British Touring Car Championship in 1996 before racing a Schnitzer McLaren F1-GTR-BMW in the 1997 FIA GT Championship. He won at Silverstone and finished third in the Le Mans 24 Hours in what was the swansong to a glittering motor racing career.

He then forged a career as a team owner that included entering works BMWs in the FIA’s major touring car championships into the new millennium.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1997 FIA GT Championship
BMW
1 0 1 1 8th 26
1996 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 6th 157
1994 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 18th 10
1993 Italian SuperTurismo Championship 1st -
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Schnitzer
24 0 6 2
9% win rate
7th 134
1991 Italian SuperTurismo Championship 1st -
1990 Italian SuperTurismo Championship 1st -
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Schnitzer
2 2 2 1
50% win rate
16th 32
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Toyota Team TOM's
6 0 0 0 0
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Schnitzer
21 (1) 6 9 3
15% win rate
1st 285 (294)
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Courage Competition
1 0 0 0 59th 8
1988 European Touring Car Championship
BMW Team Schnitzer
3 0 3 3 1st 297 (396)
1987 World Touring Car Championship
Schnitzer Motorsport
BMW Motorsport
11 0 7 1
10% win rate
1st 269
1986 European Touring Car Championship
Schnitzer Motorsport
4 0 4 4 1st 211 (200)
1985 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schnitzer Motorsport
2 1 1 0
0% win rate
16th 30
1985 European Touring Car Championship
Schnitzer Motorsport
1 0 1 1 19th 108
1984 European Touring Car Championship
Schnitzer Motorsport
1 0 1 1 29
1983 European F3 Championship
Trivellato Racing Team
15 2 4 1
7% win rate
5th 32
1982 European F3 Championship
Scuderia Vesuvio
12 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 8
1982 Italian F3 Championship 17th 0.5
1981 European F3 Championship
Scuderia Vesuvio
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1981 Italian F3 Championship 5th 39