Johnny Cecotto

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Alberto "Johnny" Cecotto (born 25 January, 1956, Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan former Grand Prix motorcycle racer and racing driver.

In 1975 he became the youngest ever, at the time, motorcycle road racing champion when he won the title at the age of 19. After a string of years mitigated by injuries and unreliability, he switched to auto racing where he achieved success in both Formula One and international touring car racing.

His son, Johnny Cecotto Jr., is also a racing driver who most notably drove in Formula One during the 2010s.

World Touring Car Masters

Cecotto made his WTCM debut in the first race of the series in 1988, taking part in the 'flyaway' races away from Europe with the Prodrive team.

He expanded this programme into a full-time drive in 1989, a season in which he beat the highly-funded works outfits of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Renault to take the Class C honours ahead of defending champion Tim Harvey.

Cecotto remained with Prodrive for a third season in 1990. Unfortunately his independent BMW M3 was getting rather long in the tooth by this point and as such he barely featured as a front runner in the class - finished way down in eleventh in class.

Cecotto was picked up by the works BMW Team Schnitzer alongside 1990 Class C champion Marc Hessel ahead of 1991 - with the updated BMW M3 Evo being one of the stronger packages in the new Super Touring ruleset. Cecotto's season got off to a great start at Symmons Plains Raceway - taking a win in the first sprint race of the season.

Complete WTCM Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1988 Prodrive BMW E30 M3 C Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png 43rd 6 12th 91
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
BAT
21
BAT
21
FUJ
20
FUJ
18
GLN
13
GLN
16
KYA
Ret
KYA
Ret
1989 Prodrive BMW E30 M3 C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 22nd 53 1st 280
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
11
FUJ
15
GLN
16
GLN
20
KYA
DNQ
KYA
DNQ
PAU
20
PAU
28
BRN
DNQ
BRN
DNQ
MNZ
13
MNZ
19
CHA
Ret
CHA
25
BIR
16
BIR
20
SPA
9
SPA
7
SPA
5
SPA
10
BAT
Ret
1990 Prodrive BMW E30 M3 C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png N/A 0 11th 102
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
26
FUJ
33
GLN
DNQ
GLN
DNQ
LAG
21
LAG
29
BRH
DNQ
BRH
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
BRN
21
BRN
Ret
MNZ
26
MNZ
27
CHA
Ret
CHA
29
BIR
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
SPA
Ret
SPA
35
NUR
Ret
NUR
31
BAT
Ret