Luigi Villoresi Biography: Luigi Villoresi was an Italian Grand Prix racing driver initially competing in Formula One.
Luigi Villoresi Biography
Luigi Villoresi Biography: Luigi Villoresi Was born on 16 May 1909 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was the older brother of Emilio Villoresi, a race car driver who co-piloted with him in several races at the start of their careers. Villoresi could afford to buy a car & began competing in local rallies with a Lancia Lambda at the age of twenty-two, and a few years later acquired a Fiat Balilla with which he and his brother Emilio competed in the Mille Miglia. In 1935, he finished third in the Coppa Ciano and won the Italian driving championship in the 1100 cc sports car class. The following year, he and his brother bought a Maserati and competed in various races. Emilio was so practical that Scuderia Ferrari hired him to drive an Alfa Romeo in the 1937 season.
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|Date Of Birth||16 May 1909|
|Died||24 August 1997|
|Birth Place||Milan, Lombardy, Italy|
Luigi Villoresi Career
In the 1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix-President Juan Peron Grand Prix, Villoresi placed second. The winning time for Alberto Ascari was 1 hour, 30 minutes, 23.9 seconds, with an average pace of 70.6 miles per hour (113.6 kilometers per hour). Villoresi won the debut Grand Prix de Bruxelles, defeating American Alexander Orley. The winning rate was 137 km/h over 303 km. Orley lagged by six seconds. In June 1949, Louis Rosier won the 500-kilometer Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in a blue Talbot. Following 23 laps, he assumed the lead and crossed the finish line ahead of Villoresi. In September 1949, Villoresi finished third in a 97 km international race at Silverstone. As 100,000 people watched, Italian drivers Ascari and Giuseppe Farina took the top three spots, with Ascari in the lead and Farina in second. St. John Horsfall, an English driver, was killed when his vehicle crashed at a turn.
Villoresi won the French Grand Prix at Les Sables d’Olonne using a Ferrari in July 1952. His average pace during the three-hour, 335 km race was 111.5 km/h. In August 1952, Ferrari achieved a 1,2,3 sweep at the Grand Prix de France in La Baule. The winner was Alberto Ascari, followed by Villoresi and Rosier. Before this contest, Ascari had already won the Formula One World Championship. Villoresi won the 1952 Grand Prix of Modena driving a Ferrari in 1:5:21 over 100 laps and 230.6 kilometers. His average pace was 124.236 kilometers per hour.
Villoresi was one of nine drivers out of a starting field 303 in the January 1958 Monte Carlo auto rally who completed the first leg without penalty. The 1,900-mile (3,060 km) endurance race featured cars from eight European starting locations. Seventy-two participants crossed the finish line, but 13 were disqualified for arriving late. The remaining 59 from the opening round faced a 22-hour, 1,054 km segment from Monte Carlo through the Maritime Alps. Villoresi drove a Lancia.
In 1957, after 31 Formula One championship attempts without a victory, Villoresi retired from Grand Prix racing. He finished on the podium eight times and collected 49 championship points. Before retiring to his residence in Modena in 1958, Villoresi continued rally racing and won the Acropolis Rally in Greece.