Piero Carini started racing immediately after World War II and his newly acquired Maserati 4CLT/48 was seventh in the 1949 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix. Part of the OSCA team for the following year, Carini was a distant third in the Formula 2 race at Modena with a sports-bodied OSCA MT4. He retired from all-but-one such race during 1951 when ninth at Genoa was the exception.
World Championship appearances
He had joined Scuderia Marzotto by the end of the season and he remained with the wealthy brothers for 1952 – driving in sports cars and F2. Among the latter were starts in the world championship French and German GPs but his Ferrari 166F2 retired early on both occasions. Carini ended his campaign by finishing eighth at Modena in a one-off with HWM.
That race had been a classic duel between José Froilán González’s leading Maserati and the Ferrari of Luigi Villoresi. With two laps to go the Argentinian was impeded so badly while lapping Carini that Villoresi closed up and took the lead. Whether his role (unwitting or otherwise) had any influence or not, Carini was a works Ferrari driver in 1953. This was mainly for lesser events but he drove a Ferrari 553 in the Italian GP only to retire at half distance.
Minor sports car success and tragic end
That was Carini’s third and final GP but he continued in endurance racing. He won his class on the 1954 Mille Miglia (his Alfa Romeo 1900Ti finishing eighth overall) and 1955 Targa Florio when seventh for OSCA. He also won that year’s minor sports car Dakar GP year by beating Louis Rosier and Duncan Hamilton.
He had a Ferrari Testa Rossa for the 1957 Fôrez Six Hours, a non-championship sports car race held on the Terrenoire road course near St-Etienne. Carini lost control on a section where a two straights ran on opposite directions of a motorway, divided by just a barrier. The Ferrari crashed through the divide and careered head-on into the car of the unfortunate Portuguese António de Borges Barreto at approximately 120mph. Both drivers were killed instantly in an accident of sickening velocity.