BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Marco Apicella
Nationality Italian
Born 7 October 1965, Bologna
Died
Website Official Website
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FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Wins Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
1 1 0 23/26 0 0 0 0 1
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1993 Italian Grand Prix 1993 Italian Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1993 Jordan 193 Hart 3.5 V10 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
OTHER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1984 Italian Formula 3 Coperchini 11 2 0 3 1 17 7th
1985 Italian Formula 3 Team Coperchini 13 0 2 4 3 32 4th
1986 Italian Formula 3 Coloni Motorsport 14 4 3 10 1 62 2nd
1987 International Formula 3000 EuroVenturini 10 0 0 0 0 1 19th
1988 International Formula 3000 First Racing 11 0 0 1 1 9 11th
1989 International Formula 3000
Japanese Formula 3000
First Racing
Team LeMans
10
1
1
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
23
3
4th
16th
1990 International Formula 3000 First Racing 11 1 0 3 3 20 6th
1991 International Formula 3000 Paul Stewart Racing 10 0 0 2 0 18 5th
1992 Japanese Formula 3000 Dome 11 0 1 1 0 13 10th
1993 Japanese Formula 3000 Dome 9 1 1 2 1 23 4th
1994 Japanese Formula 3000 Dome 10 2 3 6 5 48 1st
1995 Japanese Formula 3000 Team 5ZIGEN 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1996 Japanese Formula Nippon Team 5ZIGEN 10 0 0 0 0 3 16th
1997 Japanese Formula Nippon STP Stellar 7 0 0 0 0 6 12th
1999 Italian Formula 3000 Monaco Motorsport 7 1 2 2 3 20 3rd
2000 Japanese Super GT Sport Today Racing 7 1 0 0 0 13 15th
2001 Japanese Super GT Team JLOC 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2002 Japanese Super GT Team JLOC 7 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 Japanese Super GT Toyota Team TOM’S 8 0 0 0 0 15 28th
2004 Japanese Super GT Toyota Team TOM’S 7 0 0 1 0 43 7th
2005 Japanese Super GT JLOC 4 0 0 0 0 3 18th
2006 Japanese Super GT JLOC 8 1 1 1 0 40 11th
2007 Japanese Super GT JLOC 4 1 0 1 0 27 12th
2009 Blancpain Super Trofeo Petri Corse 3 0 0 0 1 1 15th
ENDURANCE RACING HIGHLIGHTS
Year Event (Class) Team Car Co-Driver(s) Result
1995 Le Mans 24 Hours (GT1) SARD Co. Ltd. Toyota Supra LM Jeff Krosnoff
Mauro Martini
6th
1999 Le Mans 24 Hours (LMP) Solution F Riley & Scott Mk III Carl Rosenblad
Shane Lewis
DNF
2006 Le Mans 24 Hours (GT1) JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murciélago Koji Yamanishi
Yasutaka Hinoi
DNF
2007 Le Mans 24 Hours (GT1) JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murciélago Atsushi Yogo
Koji Yamanishi
DNF
2009 Le Mans 24 Hours (GT1) JLOC Lamborghini Murciélago Atsushi Yogo
Yutaka Yamagishi
DNF

Marco Apicella, Jordan Hart 193 - 1993 Italian Grand Prix


Biography

This short-statured Italian was among a crop of Formula 1 aspirants including the likes of Alex Caffi, Gabriele Tarquini, Nicola Larini and Fabrizio Barbazza competing in the national Formula 3 championship in the mid-1980s.  There was no doubt Apicella was quick, but he was also erratic.

In 1986, he and Larini moved to Coloni Motorsport and the pair dominated proceedings, with Apicella finishing as the championship runner-up.

The next stop was the International Formula 3000 championship, Formula 1’s feeder category, where he spent five frustrating seasons trying and failing to claim that elusive race win.

Test driver roles with Minardi and the Modena Lamborghini teams came to naught, and so he headed to the Japanese Formula 3000 scene where he and a plethora of fellow European drivers were trying to revive their racing careers.

Apicella was, therefore, something of a surprise call-up by the Jordan team for the Italian Grand Prix.  The Anglo-Irish outfit, in its third season, was struggling to return to the heights of its sensational maiden campaign in 1991.  Apicella would be one of five drivers to sample its second Hart-powered car over the course of the year.

With just a two-hour test ahead of his Grand Prix outing, Apicella spun out of the first practice session at the Lesmo right-hander.  He qualified 23rd-fastest, only half a second slower than teammate Rubens Barrichello, but his race was over in less than 800 metres after he was caught up in the first lap mêlée.

So it was back to Japan, where he would remain for the bulk of his racing career.  Success, at last, came in 1994 when he was crowned the Japanese Formula 3000 champion with the Dome team – he would test the outfit’s F1 challenger which failed to make an appearance on the Grand Prix stage.

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