CONSTRUCTORS: TECNO RACING TEAM

Name: Tecno Racing Team

Gianfranco and Luciano Pederzani ran a factory in Bologna producing hydraulic pumps but in 1962 they began to look for ways to expand their engineering business and established the Tecnokart company, building go-karts. Two years later they began to build Formula 4 cars and in 1966 a Formula 3 chassis. The following year Clay Regazzoni, Mauro Nesti and Tino Brambilla began to show well in the cars and for 1968 there were customers all over Europe, a huge success with a total of 54 victories and the Italian (Franco Bernabei), French (Francois Cevert) and Swedish (Reine Wisell) championships. The same year the chassis was adapted for the Formula 2 regulations and the team ran Regazzoni and Carlo Facetti in the European Championship. There were soon F2 customers as well and success followed.

In 1970 Tecno was dominant in Formula 3 and won the European F2 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 flat 12 engine and a fairly conventional chassis - designated the PA123 - was designed and 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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