Raffaele Riva is an Italian racing driver, born on 20 October 1956. He started severe motorsport in 1976 and went on to win the Formula 3 European Cup in 1980. Today he drives vintage cars at the international level, including rally and Hillclimb events and classic car races. Riva has won five class victories at the Mille Miglia race, 50 career wins, and two FIA World Rally Championship titles with Lancia Delta Integrale D4.
Riva is a works driver for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and vice-champion of the Italian rallycross championship. In 1999 he won the International Hillclimb Championship, earning him a place in the FIA’s Hall of Fame.
He has won five overall victories at the Mille Miglia, a classic road race held in Italy. He won in 1981, 1983, and 1985 with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta but in 1984 with a BMW 635 CSi and 1986 with a Lancia Delta Integrale D4. He is also the vice-champion of the European Hillclimb Championship since 2013, having previously nine times won the Italian title (1992, 1994-97, and 2002–04). He was also the champion of Italy four times in rallying (1983, 1990-92) driving a Lancia Delta HF 4WD. He has been runner up in the World Rally Championship (WRC) twice, driving the Lancia Fulvia in 1983 and the Delta Integrale D4 in 1992.
Raffaele Riva is married with Gabriella and has three children: Stefan, Michael and Gianluca. Gianluca Riva is also a racing driver, who has already competed at international level. In 2003 Raffaele Riva suffered a stroke, however he made a full recovery. In 2005 he competed at several Italian auto racing events such as Italian GT and Superstars championships. He was also part of the MG Rover team competing at classic events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed held in England.
Riva and his son Gianluca Riva won the Silver Cup category of the 2014 International Hill Climb Championship in a Norma Auto Concept. Raffaele Riva is currently vice-world champion of the FIA Hill Climb Championship, driving Norma M20 FC. He has also taken part in many classic racing events, including the prestigious Monterey Historic Automobile Races held every August in California. See this article for additional information.
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