Ignazio Giunti

Ignazio Giunti

30/8/1941 - 10/1/1971

Italian driver who made his name in saloon and Sports Car Racing in the late 1960s. He was killed when his Ferrari 312 PB prototype ploughed into the back of a Matra 650 stopped on the track in the Buenos Aires 1000km race in 1971.

Italian driver who made his name in saloon and Sports Car Racing in the late 1960s. In 1968, driving for Alfa Romeo, he was 2nd in the Targa Florio and 4th in the Le Mans 24 Hours race co-driving with Nanni Galli.

In 1970 Giunti was signed by Ferrari primarily for their sports-car team and won the Sebring 12hrs and the Targa Florio as well as achieving several other high placings. His success earned him a F1 chance and he did splendidly to finish 4th on his debut in the Belgian GP at Spa and raced three more times that year. Ferrari were also trialling the Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni and he put in some excellent drives to restrict Giunti's chances though he was re-signed by Ferrari for 1971.

Tragedy struck in his first drive in 1971 when his Ferrari 312 PB prototype ploughed into the back of a Matra 650 stopped on the track in the Buenos Aires 1000km race giving the popular Italian no chance of survival.

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