Enrico Molinaro

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Enrico Molinaro
Nationality Flag of Italy svg.png Italian
Born 19 April, 1995
Parma, Italy
F2RWRS
Debut Season 2014
Latest Season 2015
Current Team Hydook Racing
Car Number 17
Former Teams N/A
Races 10 (16 entries)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 2
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 2014 Indianapolis 100
First Victory N/A
Last Victory N/A
Last Race 2015 Indianapolis 100
Best Finish =26th (2014)
F3RWRS
Debut Season 2014
Latest Season 2015
Current Team Nurminen Racing Engineering
Car Number 91
Former Teams Scuderia Alitalia
Races 11 (12 entries)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 0
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 2014 F3RWRS Round of Germany
First Victory N/A
Last Victory N/A
Last Race 2015 F3RWRS Round of Germany
Best Finish 37th (2014)


Enrico Molinaro pictured in 2014

Enrico Molinaro (born 19 April 1995) is an Italian professional racing driver, who currently drives for Racing Team Solvalou in the GT-Rejects World Championship.

History

Enrico Molinaro started off in karting, quickly moving up to the Italian F3 Championship.

He started 2014 well, winning two races in the Italian F3 Championship, but after his team folded was left with nowhere to go. However, Scuderia Alitalia's young driver programme swiftly picked him up and promoted him to F3RWRS, driving car #98 for the rest of the season. He brought with him sponsorship from Peroni and Parmalat.

He was one of three drivers in Scuderia Alitalia's F3RWRS programme in 2014, alongside Alessandro Lucarelli and Gianluigi Pazzini. Towards the end of the year, rumours began circulating that Molinaro would be dropped by the Scuderia Alitalia Giovanile Squadra due to poor performances - while his team-mates had podium finishes to their names, Molinaro had failed to score a single point. These rumours intensified when Hydook Racing signed him up on a trial basis for the 2014 F2RWRS season finale at Indianapolis, with an optional extension for the 2015 season. Despite ultimately retiring, he was running near the front of the field in the race, and this was enough to convince Hydook team principal Anton Bosevic to hire him for the following year.

A change of management followed, being dropped by the Scuderia Alitalia Giovanile Squadra, and becoming a member of Niko Nurminen's management portfolio. His 2015 season in the F2RWRS started off slowly with a retirement and three low-key finishes, but in France he scored his debut points with 7th after a strong drive. However, his performance soon tapered off, with a retirement in Britain. When Hydook Racing dropped to prequalifying from the German round onwards, Molinaro didn't do well and was the slowest of all drivers.

Despite this Nurminen still had some faith in him, and as Nurminen Racing Engineering were granted an entry for the F3RWRS Round of Germany held at the same track, he was picked as the lead driver. However, in both races he was the victim of a number of collisions, finishing them in 24th and 18th respectively.

Back in F2RWRS, Molinaro qualified for the Belgian round, but was anonymous in the race and finished second-last in 14th place. At the next race in Austria he was again much slower than his team mate and failed to prequalify. At his home turf in Italy he again qualified, but lacked pace and finished 13th. This would be the last time he would be on the F2RWRS starting grid, as he failed to prequalify for the remaining five races of the season.

With no offers from single-seater teams, Molinaro decided to instead take the offer to drive for Racing Team Solvalou in the newly-founded GT-Rejects World Championship, sharing a Lamborghini Murciélago with Antonio Fazio. In the first race held at Sepang, they were running in a points-scoring position before the engine on the Lamborghini failed. They also retired at the next race held at Bathurst for the same reason, while at Monza they picked up a puncture immediatedly after a pitstop, only managing a 16th place finish in the process. Their first points came in France with an 8th place finish, before a pitlane accident ended their race in Canada. Further points finishes followed in USA and Germany with 10th and 7th, respectively.

Results

F2RWRS

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Pts
2014 Hydook Racing Team TUR
MON
FRA
GBR
AUT
GER
NED
BEL
HUN
CZE
ITA
POR
ESP
CAN
USA
Ret
=26th 0
2015 Hydook Racing Team TAS
Ret
RSA
12
TUR
10
MON
10
FRA
7
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
BEL
14
AUT
DNPQ
ITA
13
NED
DNPQ
SIN
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
100
DNPQ
28th 2

F3RWRS

Year Team DC Pts
2014 Scuderia Alitalia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 37th 0
AUS USA GBR GER BEL CHN SUR
11 Ret Ret 22 10 Ret 16 26 DNS 15
2015 Nurminen Racing Engineering 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NC 0
AUS TUR MON USA GBR GER SPA ITA JPN SUR
24 18

GT-Rejects World Championship

Season Team Car Class Number Co-driver(s) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points Pos.
2016 Racing Team Solvalou Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT M 02 Flag of Italy svg.png Antonio Fazio MAL
Ret
AUS
Ret
ITA
16
FRA
8
CAN
Ret
USA
10
GER
7
GBR
BEL
ARG
BRA
CHI
JAP
HSR
8* 21st*
  • * Season in progress