Carlo Franchi Death – It was a sad news for the fans and family of Carlo Franchi as the information surrounding his death was announced. Gimax was an Italian racing driver who never raced under his real name.
Tributes has been posted across social media to honor his passing. Adam Cooper wrote, ‘RIP 70s/80s sportscar racer Carlo Franchi, better known as ‘Gimax’. He failed to qualify on his only attempt as Vittorio Brambilla’s Surtees team mate at the 1978 Italian GP, but he did start the non-championship Imola F1 race the following year in a Williams FW06.’
Carlo Virginio Franchi passed away at the age of 83 years old on January 13, 2020. Despite a career as a driver without great treble at the highest levels, he had the opportunity to compete in qualifying for the 1978 F1 Italian GP in place of the injured Rupert Keegan. Unfortunately on board his Surtees TS20-Ford he was unable to go beyond the 28th time and thus was unable to qualify for the race. The following year Gimax is present on the grid at the Dino Ferrari GP in Imola, but not valid for the F.1 World Championship. At the wheel of a Williams Ford he is forced to retire. He returned to prototype races and obtained two class victories in 1980 at Mugello and Monza paired with Marcello Gallo, at the wheel of a BMW Osella.
“Gimax” was a regular entrant in Italian sportscar racing during the 1970s and in 1978, he also competed in European Sportscar Championship, a series set up for that season in order to allow Group 6 prototypes to continue to compete in Europe for their own championship after the cancellation of the World Sports Car Championship.
The series was separated into two categories, one for the 2-Litre cars and the other for the larger capacity cars: “Gimax” won the 2-litre drivers’ championship in an Osella, while Porsche driver Reinhold Joest won the Drivers’ Championship for the larger capacity cars.