Tecno Racing Team
|Based in: Bologna|
Founded: 1972 (active: 1972-1973)
Principal: Luciano & Gianfranco Pederzani (1972), David Yorke (1973)
Designer: Luciano Pederzani (1972), Alan McCall (1973)
The Tecno racing team emerged from the higly succesful motorsport company of the Italian brothers Gianfranco and Luciano Pederzani. They went on to F1 in 1972 after successes in karting, F3 and F2 (winning the title with Regazzoni). At the same time Count Gregorio Rossi of the Martini company decided that he wanted to sponsor an Italian Formula 1 team and approached the Pederzanis. Luciano designed a very unusual flat V12 engine to match up with a rather conventional chassis named PA123. The car appeared with Nanni Galli driving at the Belgian GP at Nivelles in June 1972. The cars were also driven by Derek Bell but neither driver enjoyed much success that year.
The 1973 season proved to be very disappointing. Martini - which took over the team name - insisted that a British base be established under David Yorke. He commissioned Gordon Fowell to design a new chassis. At the same time the Pederzanis hired Alan McCall to rework the PA123 in a B specification. Chris Amon was signed to be the driver in a one-car effort but the team was split by politics and technical confusion. Amon scored a point at the Belgian GP but soon afterwards the team fell apart. The Pederzanis stopped all sporting activities and Martini joined the Brabham team.
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