Date of birth: 07.26.1986 in Cesena, Italy
Competitive debut: Rally Ronde del Rubicone 2004
Championships conquered: 7
- 2017 Asphalt Rally Trophy Winner
- Third place in the Italian Rally Championship 2017
- Fourth Place in the Italian Rally Championship 2016
- Second place in the San Marino Rally 2014
- CSAI 2 WD Cup winner in the Italian Rally Championship 2012
- Italian Rally Junior 2011
- CSAI 2 WD Cup winner in the Italian Rally Championship 2011
- Cronoscalata Nido dell’Aquila 2010 winner
- Group N 2009 Italian Rally Champion
- Under 23 2009 Italian Rally Champion
- 2008 Rally Legend winner
- 2007 Rally Terra Trophy Champion
- Motorshow winner – 2007 Night Sprint Memorial Bettega
- Autosprint Golden Helmet Award as Best Emerging Pilot 2007
He was born on 26th July 1986 in Cesena, a city in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Leo zodiac sign.
Since he was a child he grew up with a passion for racing cars thanks to the fact that motoring has always belonged to his family.
In 2004 he debuted in the rallies obtaining an excellent second place in the first race of his life. His career began since that day: from 2005 to 2007 he took part in the most prestigious events of the various national championships until the first world debut.
He triumphed for the first time in 2007 at the Rally Terra Trophy, with three wins and two second places out of six scheduled events.
He won at the Motorshow, Memorial Bettega Night Sprint achieving, at the end of the season, the prize as Best Emerging Driver at Autosprint’s Gold Helmet beside champions like Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Ferrari Formula 1 drivers, Sebastien Loeb and Alex Zanardi.
In 2008 he took part in the PWRC, Production World Rally Championship, and he won at Rallylegend in front of the four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen.
In 2009 he won the CSAI Cups at the Italian Rally Championship, limited to Production-based cars and Under 23 drivers.
2011 was an excellent season for Simone. He started a collaboration with Citroen Racing winning six out of eight races disputed, being the Rally Junior 2011 Italian Champion.
In 2012 Simone continued his collaboration with Citroen Racing, confirming himself at the top of the national rally, winning again the CSAI national trophy limited to the two-wheels drive.
In the same year he was a test driver for the PSA automobile group (Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport) and developed the Peugeot 208 R2 alongside other successful riders involved in the world rally.
2013 and 2014 were hard years for the Italian rider who struggled to find an official team after the immediate retiring of Citroen Italia from any competition.
2015 was the relaunch year after a forced twelve-month stop with a shining second place gained at the San Marino Rally valid for the Italian Rally Championship on board the Peugeot 207 Super 2000, an outdated car if compared to the today’s most modern R5.
In 2016 Simone was supported by Orange1 for a partial program on board an R5 car, but the podiums conquered at the beginning of the season convinced his managers to keep on supporting him and to settle him in the BRC Racing Team where he later became Italian champion.
With seven races out of eight competitions and 5 podiums conquered, Simone Campedelli ranks fourth in the Italian championship and in 2017 he tackled the championship on board a Ford Fiesta R5 marked Orange 1 Racing.
In 2017 Simone Campedelli together with Orange1Racing-BRC took part in the Italian Rally Championship conquering two victories (Ciocco and Roma Capitale) out of eight races in which they took part since they were the main character up-to-the-minute to conquer the Italian title.
In the end, a third place in the championship behind the two official manufacturer Peugeot and Skoda didn’t impede Simone winning the Asphalt Rally Trophy, limited to private pilots.
In 2018 he joined the CIR at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta r5 in chiaroscuro colors. Simone partnered with the new navigator Tania Canton getting 4 podiums (Ciocco, Sanremo, San Marino, Adriatico) out of eight races but several technical problems didn’t allow him to win the championship that went to the last race in Verona at the 2 Valli Rally.
In the season 2019 Simone participates in the Italian rally championship with the work-team Orange1-M-Sport that arrives in Italy for the first time to race in the major national championship. A program under the aegis of the FORD brand that allows Simone and Tania to take a splendid success at the 103rd Targa Florio in Sicily, the oldest road-race in the world and to play for championship up to the last meters at the Tuscan Rewind obtaining as many as 5 podiums in 8 races.
Unfortunately, the championship still remains sub-judice after the opening by the Italian ACI-CSAI federation for the unsportsmanlike episodes already ascertained following the induced punctures that could overturn the result with the possibility by Campedelli and Ford to regain a deserved victory on the field.