Giampiero "Peo" Consonni (born June 7, 1954 in Monza ) is a former Italian automobile racing driver who was active in formula and rally racing and drove sports car races. His greatest success as a pilot is winning the Italian Formula 2000 championship in 1981. During his time as an active racing driver, Consonni was closely associated with Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla . Consonni He had a racing team called Consonni Corse in the 1980s. Today Consonni is the owner of a workshop that deals, among other things, with the tuning of motor vehicles.
In the 1960s, Consonni completed an apprenticeship as an automobile mechanic. After graduation, he worked in the Officine Brambilla , the workshop of the brothers Ernesto and Vittorio Brambilla , who ran automobile racing in various classes. Consonni worked here as a racing mechanic and mainly accompanied Vittorio to his assignments in the Italian Formula 3 championship as well as in Formula 2 . In 1979 he founded the company Autofficina Consonni in Muggiò near Monza , which was initially a repair shop for road vehicles. Later Consonni took over a Renault agency. Consonni has also been repairing and designing racing cars since the 1980s.
Influenced by the experience with the Brambillas, Consonni began in 1973 to drive automobile races himself. He initially started in Formula Monza , followed in 1977 by races in Italian Formula 3 for the Ernesto Brambillas team. Here he competed against established competitors such as Michele Alboreto , Corrado Fabi , Riccardo Paletti , Siegfried Stohr or Enzo Coloni and mostly achieved placements in the midfield; Victories were rare. Since 1981 Consonni has been involved in the Italian Formula 2000 championship, a national racing series that began in 1980 and was initially advertised for older Formula 3 vehicles. Consonni won this championship in 1981 with a Ralt RT1 prepared in-house . Impaired by the consequences of a motorcycle accident, Consonni initially stopped his involvement in formula racing and only returned sporadically for individual races in the following years. Consonni increasingly concentrated on running his company and organizing his own racing team. 1983 Antonio Padrone drove for the Milde Sorte Consonni Racing Team in the Italian Formula 2000; he finished the championship from second. Consonni Corse was involved in Formula 2000 until 1988.
In 1983 Consonni was involved in Dydo Monguzzi's Formula 1 project Dywa . The construction of the Dywa 010, a racing car planned for the 1984 Formula 1 season , took place partly in Consonni's workshop. In the autumn of 1983 Consonni also carried out some test drives with the simply constructed vehicle. There was no use; Ultimately, there was no sustainable financing.
Consonni and Monguzzi revived the project in 1985. The reason for this was the first staging of the Formula 3000 championship , which replaced the previous Formula 2 and was intended for vehicles with a displacement of 3.0 liters. Monguzzi planned to use the Dywa 010 in a revised form with Consonni as the driver in the first Formula 3000 race in history at Silverstone, and according to individual sources there was a corresponding message. Ultimately, however, neither the car nor Consonni showed up at Silverstone.
From 1987 to the 1990s, Consonni competed in the Italian championship for sports prototypes. Initially, he launched a vehicle called the Ermolli, and later he drove automobiles from Lucchini Engineering . Consonni won several races with the Lucchini 87 and SN89. In the later years Consonni repeatedly used self-constructed cars such as the Bogani SP90 or the GPE S1.
In 1990 Peo Consonni got involved with the Italia Racing team in the Italian touring car championship. Consonni used a modified Alfa Romeo 75 .
In 1986 Consonni took part in the Paris-Dakar Rally for the first time as a driver . He initially used a Unimog 435 . He finished the race eighth in his class and 58th in the overall standings. Until 1990 Consonni repeated its use regularly. In 1987 and 1988 he contested the rally with financial support from Honda . In 1989, when Consonni was using a six- wheel MAN truck, he was supported by Mitsubishi .
In 1993, Consonni's name appeared in connection with the Le Mans 24-hour race . Consonni, alongside Pierre Honegger and Philippe Renault, was registered as a driver of the MIG M100 by the Georgia Automotive Mig Tako team, which started with a Georgian license . In this car it was a Monte Carlo Centenaire, one of Fulvio Ballabios company Monte Carlo Automobile in Fontvieille built supercar has taken over in 1992 by the Russian company MIG and a Formula 1 engine of Motori Moderni had been fitted. The renovation work had largely been carried out in Consonni's workshop. The team was ultimately not allowed to start; the drivers could not qualify.
In November 1993, Consonni, Ballabio and Guido Daccò and the MIG qualified for the 6-hour race in Vallelunga . In the race it was only enough for the 23rd and penultimate place; 93 laps behind the winners Alexander Burgstaller and Altfrid Heger in a BMW M3 GTR.
Today, Peo Consonni runs the Consonni Tuning company in Muggiò , which revises street sports cars and looks after racing cars. Consonni Tuning manufactured racing cars for smaller motorsport classes, including the Formula Junior Monza.
- Consonni Tuning website with numerous contemporary newspaper articles about Consonni
- Race results Peo Consonnis on the website www.driverdb.com
- Il Cittadino , January 5, 1984 edition.
- Auto Sprint No. 47/1983 of November 22, 1983.
- Hodges: Racing Cars from AZ after 1945, p. 80.
- Auto Sprint No. 5/1985 (January 29, 1985).
- Hodges: Racing Cars from AZ after 1945, p. 80.
- Dakartrucks.cz: 8th RALLYE PARIS - ALGER - DAKAR 1986 . Retrieved February 1, 2018
- In the engine there was a twelve-cylinder engine with a fork angle of 180 degrees, the Carlo Chiti in 1988 on behalf of Subaru had designed and in 1990 unsuccessfully team Coloni had been used.
- Vallelunga 6-hour race in 1993
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Consonni, Peo (nickname)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian racing car driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 7, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Monza|