Renato Balestrero

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Balestrero in a Bugatti T35C around 1926. Renato-Balestrero-Bugatti35C-1926.jpg
Balestrero in a Bugatti T35C around 1926.

Renato Balestrero (27 July 1898 – 18 February 1948) [1] was an Italian racecar driver from Genoa, winning 54 out of 217 races between 1922 and 1947. [2]

Genoa Comune in Liguria, Italy

Genoa is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria and the sixth-largest city in Italy. In 2015, 594,733 people lived within the city's administrative limits. As of the 2011 Italian census, the Province of Genoa, which in 2015 became the Metropolitan City of Genoa, counted 855,834 resident persons. Over 1.5 million people live in the wider metropolitan area stretching along the Italian Riviera.


Born in Lucca, he lived in Genoa and was active in the first world war. He started out in an Officine Meccaniche 665 winning the Coppa Ciano 1924 and several events in the 1925 Grand Prix season and 1926 Grand Prix season, including the I Tripoli Grand Prix 1925.

Lucca Comune in Tuscany, Italy

Lucca is a city and comune in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the Serchio, in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital of the Province of Lucca. It is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.

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Officine Meccaniche italian automobile company

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He then bought a Bugatti T35C for 75 000 francs which he raced 1927 and 1929. As an agent to General Motors he raced the newly launched La Salle (automobile) in 1928. Other cars included a Talbot 1700 (1931), as well as Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, Alfa Romeo P3 and Fiat 1100 cars. [3]

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Talbot 1903-1992 automotive brand of various corporations

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Alfa Romeo 8C sports car

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Since before the second world war, he ran the Scuderia Balestrero, which including himself, Giovanni Balestrero and Clemente Balestrero. Since 1953 the Lucca-based Scuderia Balestrero has been active. [4]

Balestrero died in the Niguarda Hospital of Milan, after being hit in a roadside accident by a Gazzetta dello Sport car. He was hauling an engine to the Nardi Danese workshop. [2]

Milan Italian city

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Racing record

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class LapsPos.Class
1926 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Officine Meccaniche Flag of France.svg Frédéric Thelluson O.M. Tipo 665 Superba 2.0 94DSQDSQ

Complete European Championship results

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7EDC Pts
1931 A. Ruggeri Talbot 700 Talbot 1.7 L8 ITA
FRA BEL 14th 20
1935 Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio Maserati 8C 3000 Maserati 3.0 L8 MON FRA BEL GER
21st 51
Maserati 26M Maserati 2.5 L8 SUI
1937 Scuderia Maremmana Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3 Alfa Romeo 2.9 L8 BEL GER
MON SUI ITA 33rd 39
1938 R. Balestrero Alfa Romeo Tipo 308 Alfa Romeo 3.0 L8 FRA GER
SUI ITA 14th 28
Source: [5]

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