Antonio Branca

Full Name:
Antonio "Toni" Branca
Born:
15th September 1916
Sion, Valais
Died:
10th May 1985 (Aged 68)
Sierre, Valais
Nationality:
Swiss
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This Swiss amateur showed more enthusiasm than pace throughout his short career. Funded by a Belgian countess, Toni Branca drove a private Maserati 4CL in Grands Prix from 1947 but made little impression. A lowly 14th in the 1949 Swiss GP, he started the 1950 Swiss and Belgian GPs with a 4CLT and was 10th in the latter.

His was a fuller schedule in 1951 – Branca racing throughout Europe in both Formula 1 and Formula 2. He finished sixth in the non-championship Circuito di Pescara but his Maserati 4CLT/48 retired from the 1951 German GP – his third and final world championship race. Branca travelled to England that autumn for the Goodwood Trophy where he was inadvertently involved in the accident that left Brian Shawe-Taylor in a coma.

Now competing mainly in hillclimbs, he entered the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours but arrived too late to take part in his last brush with international racing.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1951 F1 World Championship
Antonio Branca
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1950 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Achille Varzi
Antonio Branca
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0