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Ronnie Quintarelli

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Ronnie Quintarelli
Ronnie Quintarelli.jpeg
Quintarelli in 2015 SUPER GT Motegi
Nationality Italian
Born (1979-08-09) 9 August 1979 (age 41)
Negrar, Italy
Super GT career
Debut season2005
Current teamNISMO
Car number23
Former teamsSARD, Lexus Team Cerumo, Lexus Team Kraft, Hasemi Motorsport, Team Impul, Mola
Starts118
Championships4 (2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015)
Wins16
Podiums37
Poles14
Finished last season6th
Previous series
2005-2008Formula Nippon

Ronnie Quintarelli (born 9 August 1979) is an Italian racecar driver, currently competes at Super GT. He holds the all-time record for the most drivers' championship titles (4), for the most drivers' championship title won by a non-Japanese driver (4) and the most drivers' championship won in GT500 class (4) of Super GT.

Biography

Quintarelli first encountered motorsports at age 6 when his father gave him a small go-kart. After starting his karting career in 1990, he scored two second place finishes in the World Formula Super A championship and a European Formula C title.[1] He made his single seaters debut in 2000 when he entered the Italian Formula Renault Championship and ended up third with Prema Powerteam. He also entered the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the German Formula Three Championship and the Formula Volkswagen Germany.

In 2005, he scored his maiden GT win in the 1000 km Suzuka race with André Couto and Hayanari Shimoda and later made his way to the Super GT. After spending two seasons under the Lexus banner, Quintarelli moved to the Nissan camp, securing multiple victories. Driving for the Mola team, he won two consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012 partnered by Masataka Yanagida. He later joined the Nismo Official Team alongside Tsugio Matsuda. The pairing cruised to two more titles in 2014 and 2015 which made Quintarelli the most titled driver in the history of the series. While still fighting for the title in 2016 with a third place, the Nissan teams struggled at the beginning of the following year but Quintarelli and  Matsuda rallied to finish the season in second place. In 2018, they were again steadily at the front of the Nissan roster, and managed to snatch a win at Fuji Speedway. Unfortunately, they would not hit the top-5 again, eventually taking eighth place in the championship. [2]

In 2019, the Nismo pairing completed the championship in third position with four podium finishes and three pole positions scored by Quintarelli himself. In 2020, they remained in contention for the title until the very last race by taking two wins in the two rounds held at Suzuka. The final event of the season at Fuji Speedway (the track hosted four events to simplify logistics during the COVID-19 pandemic) saw a record 11 teams in contention for the title with tight margins. Quintarelli moved from sixth place to the lead in the opening lap, although tyre issues cost him track position later. He and Matsuda would eventually end up ninth in the race and sixth in the championships. They returned to the Nismo team for 2021.

Personal life

Based in Yokohama, Quintarelli speaks Japanese fluently and serves as a TV color commentator for the Super Formula series. In recent years, he devoted his efforts towards the people affected by earthquakes, raising awareness and providing support to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami relief. Together with fellow Super GT regular Andrea Caldarelli, he led a fundraising campaign in favour of the populations impacted by the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquakes. His cross-border charity efforts, together with his sporting results, earned him the title of Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy.[3]

Awards

5th Class/Officer: Order of the Star of Italy: 2015[4]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Italia Prema Powerteam * 2 1 * 3rd
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Cram Competition 5 1 1 66 7th
2002 Formula Volkswagen Team Penker Racing * 4 2 * 2nd
GC-21 Inging Motorsport 1 0 1 - -
2003 Japanese Formula 3 Championship Inging Motorsport 20 0 0 200 4th
Macau Grand Prix JB Motorsport with Inging 1 0 0 0 4th
Korea Super Prix JB Motorsport with Inging 1 0 0 0 16th
2004 Japanese Formula 3 Championship Inging Motorsport 20 4 8 251 1st
Macau Grand Prix Inging Motorsport 1 0 0 0 8th
Bahrain Super Prix Inging Motorsport 1 0 0 0 22nd
2005 Formula Nippon Kondo Racing Team 6 0 0 12 9th
Super GT SARD 8 0 1 21 16th
1000 km Suzuka (Pokka 1000 km) SARD 1 0 0 - 1st
2006 Formula Nippon Team Boss Inging 9 0 0 6 10th
Super GT Cerumo 1 0 0 9 24th
Formula One Midland F1 Test driver
2007 Formula Nippon Team Boss Inging 9 0 1 27 7th
Super GT Bandai Toyota Team Kraft 3 0 0 2 24th
2008 Formula Nippon Cerumo / Inging 8 0 0 21.5 9th
Super GT Hasemi Motorsport 9 1 1 39 12th
2009 Super GT Hasemi Motorsport 9 1 1 49 7th
2010 Super GT Team Impul 7 0 1 47 5th
2011 Super GT Mola 8 1 2 90 1st
2012 Super GT Mola 8 1 2 93 1st
2013 Super GT Nismo 8 1 0 50 6th
2014 Super GT Nismo 8 2 2 81 1st
2015 Super GT Nismo 8 2 2 79 1st
2016 Super GT Nismo 8 0 2 62 3rd
2017 Super GT Nismo 8 1 1 82 2nd
2018 Super GT Nismo 8 0 1 43 8th
2019 Super GT Nismo 8 3 0 52.5 3rd
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 1 0 0 0 NC†
2020 Super GT Nismo 8 0 2 51 6th
2021 Super GT Nismo 1 0 0 0 NC*

As Quintarelli was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Nippon results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2005 Kondō Racing MOT SUZ SUG FUJ
5
SUZ
5
MIN
2
FUJ
Ret
MOT
5
SUZ
10
9th 12
2006 Team Boss Inging FUJ
5
SUZ
Ret
MOT
Ret
SUZ
Ret
AUT
5
FUJ
10
SUG
4
MOT
9
SUZ
12
10th 6
2007 Team Boss Inging FUJ
5
SUZ
6
MOT
5
OKA
1
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
7
SUG
8
MOT
6
SUZ
14
7th 27
2008 Cerumo / Inging FUJ
5
SUZ
8
MOT
Ret
OKA
7
SUZ
10
SUZ
9
MOT
Ret
MOT
13
FUJ
6
FUJ
3‡
SUG
7
9th 21.5

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete Super GT results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2005 SARD Toyota Supra GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
Ret
SEP
9
SUG
2
MOT
14
FUJ
12
AUT
11
SUZ
11
16th 21
2006 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus SC430 GT500 SUZ OKA FUJ SEP SUG SUZ
7
MOT AUT FUJ 24th 9
2007 Lexus Team Kraft Lexus SC430 GT500 SUZ OKA FUJ SEP
11
SUG
9
SUZ
Ret
MOT AUT FUJ 24th 2
2008 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
15
OKA
10
FUJ
15
SEP
9
SUG
11
SUZ
5
MOT
1
AUT
6
FUJ
13
12th 39
2009 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
12
SUZ
13
FUJ
7
SEP
1
SUG
9
SUZ
2
FUJ
6
AUT
8
MOT
12
7th 49
2010 Impul Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
Ret
OKA
4
FUJ
6
SEP
1
SUG
4
SUZ
12
FUJ
C
MOT
5
5th 47
2011 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
6
FUJ
10
SEP
2
SUG
1
SUZ
2
FUJ
7
AUT
2
MOT
2
1st 90
2012 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
8
SEP
14
SUG
3
SUZ
1
FUJ
2
AUT
1
MOT
2
1st 93
2013 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
Ret
SEP
9
SUG
3
SUZ
2
FUJ
9
AUT
8
MOT
8
6th 50
2014 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
8
AUT
1
SUG
14
FUJ
2
SUZ
2
BUR
10
MOT
1
1st 81
2015 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
13
FUJ
1
CHA
5
FUJ
4
SUZ
7
SUG
6
AUT
1
MOT
2
1st 79
2016 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
1
FUJ
1
SUG
9
FUJ
4
SUZ
6
CHA
14
MOT
9
MOT
7
3rd 62
2017 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
4
AUT
5
SUG
4
FUJ
2
SUZ
2
CHA
9
MOT
1
2nd 82
2018 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
1
SUZ
6
CHA
12
FUJ
9
SUG
7
AUT
15
MOT
7
8th 43
2019 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
2‡
FUJ
2
SUZ
Ret
CHA
11
FUJ
3
AUT
13
SUG
3
MOT
8
3rd 52.5
2020 NISMO Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 FUJ
11
FUJ
9
SUZ
1
MOT
8
FUJ
11
SUZ
1
MOT
7
FUJ
9
6th 51
2021 NISMO Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 OKA
Ret
FUJ
SUZ
MOT
SUG
AUT
MOT
FUJ
NC* 0*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

Records

All-time Super GT records

As of the Super GT – 2020 Takanokono Hotel Fuji GT race:

Description Record Drivers matched
Championships
Most Drivers' Championships 4 Stands alone
Most Drivers' Championships as a non-Japanese driver 4 Stands alone
Most Drivers' Championships won in GT500 class 4 Stands alone

References

  1. ^ CIK-FIA History
  2. ^ SUPER GT’S 7 Most Dominant Champions
  3. ^ Onorificenze
  4. ^ "Onoreficenze". quirinale.it (in Italian). 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
James Courtney
All-Japan Formula 3 Championship
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
João Paulo de Oliveira
Preceded by
Takashi Kogure
Loïc Duval
Super GT
GT500 Champion

20112012
With: Masataka Yanagida
Succeeded by
Kohei Hirate
Yuji Tachikawa
Preceded by
Kohei Hirate
Yuji Tachikawa
Super GT
GT500 Champion

20142015
With: Tsugio Matsuda
Succeeded by
Kohei Hirate
Heikki Kovalainen
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