Andrea Pizzitola is a French racing driver who currently competes in the European Le Mans Series with Algarve Pro Racing.
His greatest success so far is the championship title in the European Le Mans Series in 2018 which he won together with G-Drive Racing's teammate Roman Rusinov.
Earlier in a career, Pizzitola was the best Elite driver in the Renault Sport Trophy one-make series in 2015.
French F4 vice-champion early in a career
Born in June 1992 in Montpellier, Andrea Pizzitola started his racing career in karting competitions in 2008. In 2010, he moved to car racing, spending a season in the French Renault Clio Cup and then entering the French Formula 4 Championship in 2011.
In his rookie F4 season, Pizzitola finished second in the points, losing a title to Matthieu Vaxiviere but defeating future F1 star Pierre Gasly.
Three seasons in Formula Renault
In 2012, Pizzitola continued a career in the Formula Renault, driving for R-Ace GP both in the Eurocup and North European Cup bit without some notable results. In 2013, as a member of the ART Junior Team, he clinched maiden FR victory in NEC race at Hockenheimring, finishing sixth in the points at the end of the season. In the Eurocup, he was 13th in the points.
One more season in Formula Renault followed in 2014 when he was driving for Manor MP Motorsport both in the Eurocup and North European Cup. He was a winner two times in the Eurocup and finished fourth in the points.
Andrea Pizzitola was the Renault Sport Trophy champion in 2015
Elite class champion in the Renault Sport Trophy
In 2015, Pizzitola moved to sports car racing, participating in the inaugural season of the Renault Sport Trophy one-make series. He was driving the #2 Renault R.S. 01 for ART Junior Team, sharing a car with Richard Gonda.
Pizzitola competed in the Elite class category and captured the championship title after winning two races. In the Endurance Trophy, he and Gonda were the winners two times, finishing second in the points.
Andrea Pizzitola in 2016
Le Mans 24h debut in 2016 in a Ligier LMP2 prototype
As a reward for the 2015 RST title, Pizzitola became Nismo official driver in 2016 and earned a seat in the European Le Mans Series and at 24 Hours of Le Mans. He joined Portuguese team Algarve Pro Racing.
In his Le Mans debut, Pizzitola was sharing the #25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan with Chris Hoy and Michael Munemann. During the race, Pizzitola had an accident when his car slid sideways on the spoiled oil and went into the gravel. However, they completed 341 laps and were classified 12th in the LMP2 class (17th overall). In the European Le Mans Series, Pizzitola participated in three races, finishing best in the fifth place ar Red Bull Ring.
Pizzitola gave the Asian Le Mans Series title to Algarve Pro Racing in 2017
Asian Le Mans Series runner-up in 2017
In 2017, Pizzitola spent a full season with Algarve Pro Racing in the European Le Mans Series, recording four DNFs in six races. He was sharing the #25 Ligier JS P217-Gibson with Matt McMurry and Andrea Roda, finishing just 20th in the championship points.
Pizzitola participated also in the Asian Le Mans Series with Algarve Pro Racing's old Ligier-Nissan, scoring four podiums, including one victory. He finished second in Drivers' classification but took the Teams' championship title together his teammate Andrea Roda.
Andrea Pizzitola was the 2018 ELMS champion with G-Drive Racing
European Le Mans Series champion in 2018
For the 2018 European Le Mans Series season, Pizzitola was invited to join Roman Rusinov in G-Drive Racing's #26 Oreca 07-Gibson. In the season-opening race, they shared a car with Alexandre Imperatori, later Jean-Eric Vergne joined them in five races.
The trio in the #26 Oreca won three races (Monza, Red Bull Ring, Silverstone) and captured the ELMS championship title.
Disqualification at 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours
Outside ELMS, the #26 crew participated in some rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, not be eligible to score points. They were LMP2 class winners at 6 Hours of Spa in May 2018.
Then, in June, then provisionally won LMP2 class at 24 Hours of Le Mans but they were disqualified because it was found that the team had illegally modified their refueling equipment in order to fuel car quicker than regulations allowed.
Andrea Pizzitola and his teammate at 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours
Rejoining Algarve Pro Racing in 2019
Between the season 2018 and 2019, Pizzitola rejoined Algarve Pro Racing and finished second in the Asian Le Mans Series, together with teammate Harrison Newey. For the 2019 ELMS season, Pizzitola was appointed to drive the #25 Oreca-Gibson. His partners are John Falb and Mark Patterson.
In June, Pizzitola visited Le Mans to drive the #25 Oreca at the 24-hour race, sharing a car with John Falb and David Zollinger. They finished 15th overall and 10th in the LMP2 class.