15th, April 2018
The MotorLegendFestival celebrates the heroes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In fact, is confermed the presence at the event, which will begin on Friday 20 April and ends on Sunday 22, of two of the most important drivers of the last twenty years: Emanuele Pirro and Rinaldo Capello. The Roman and the Piedmontese are linked by common experience as official drivers of Audi, House with which they have collected titles and victories in the most important world race.
Emanuele Pirro triumphed in the editions of 2000, 2001, 2002,2006, 2007 with both the Audi R8 and the R10TDI, the first diesel to win the French classic.
Rinaldo Capello, on the other hand, won the Le Mans for the first time in 2003, at the wheel of the Bentley Speed 8 and later in 2004 and 2008 with the Audi.
Both drivers of absolute value are added to three other winners of the 24 Hours already confirmed at MotorLegendFestival: Jacky Ickx, whose name appears 6 times in the golden book of the French classic, the Frenchman Jean Pierre Jaussaud that won race in the 1978 edition at the wheel of the Renault Alpine A442B winning with the Rondeau M379-Cosworth in 1980 and Paolo Barilla who brought the Italian colors to the highest podium in 1985 at the wheel of the Porsche 956 of the Joest team 21 years later the last tri-color victory by Nino Vaccarella.
During the three days of MotorLegendFestival this five champions will meet the public. Emanuele Pirro will participate in the Legendary Moments, parading with a Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5 of Martini Racing of which he was one of the greatest performers when, very young, was included in the program of the Turin House, running among other things at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Roman, who in his career was also an excellent driver of Formula 1, test driver of McLaren-Honda and champion of Superturismo, will observe with great interest the evolution of the Audi R8 entered in the Master Historic Endurance.
Dindo Capello, instead, will be in contact with the public to explain the secrets of the Audi R18, protagonist of the WEC in its various versions from 2010 until 2016, when the House of Ingolstadt announced the withdrawal from the competitions of the series.
Jean Pierre Jaussaud, one of the best single-seaters in the 1960s and 70s, will be one of the stars of Tecno Day. The French driver was one of the greatest interpreters of Bologna’s single-seaters, winning the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix 3 in 1968 and graduating transalpine champion in 1970, when he obtained seven victories in a single season.
As for Jacky Ickx, his performance at the wheel of the Ferrari 312B, which he will share with Paolo Barilla, is confirmed. Ickx will be the protagonist on Sunday 22 of a debate-meeting with the engineer Mauro Forghieri, designer of the single-seater and Ferrari’s technical director, on the occasion of the presentation of the book “La Ferrari secondo Forghieri dal1947 ad oggi”.
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