Iron Lynx, an Academy thought to become an international reference point in motorsport, was founded by two men who have been brought up in the racing world: Andrea Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola. For over twenty years racing drivers, instructors and tutors, are the beating heart of this specialized centre.

"We felt the need to give life to this Motorsport Lab to form promising young drivers, support professional drivers, entertain gentlemen drivers and offer exclusive events to companies and individuals. We welcome you and guide you along your path - professional, amateur or for fun, for a season, for a weekend or for a day - to make you reach ambitious goals on the track, to keep you entertained, to make you live memorable moments, according to your personal targets. Whether you are at your first experience on the track or aim at the podium of the most important competitions in the world, we are here for you. Obsessed with your performance, excited to see you go back home with an extra strengh"

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ANDREA PICCINI

Andrea began his career in single-seater in 1995, moving up till Formula 1 where he held the role of test driver for Minardi in 2001, teamed with Fernando Alonso. He then moved to GT where he was an official driver for Aston Martin, Maserati, Audi and BMW, as well as claiming important results with Ferrari and Lamborghini.
He competed, among others, to 3 editions of the 24 hours of Le Mans where he went on the podium at the debut; 14 editions of the 24 hours of Spa (1 win, 2 podiums); 3 editions of the 24 hours of the Nürburgring (3 podiums).
Pilot instructor for the Italian Federation (ACI SPORT) since 1999; was director of the official Ferrari and Maserati courses from 2005 to 2016. He collects numerous collaborations with partners such as Philip Morris, Shell and Pirelli, and participates in the development of racing cars.

Sports career

I had my first go-kart race at the age of 15, winning at the debut. After only 5 races I attended the Scuola Federale ACI Sport (Italian ASN) and, after obtaining the license, I passed to the single-seaters, participating at some races of the Italian F.Europa Boxer Championship. The first full season was in 1997, the year in which I was on the verge of winning the German F.Opel Lotus Championship and I got my first pole position in the European Championship where, the following year, I claimed the third place overall. The result allowed me to close an important sponsorship contract with Sebring Sportexahust and compete in F3000, from 1999 to 2001. In 2001 I got called by Giancarlo Minardi for the role of test driver for Minardi F.1, where I have carried out numerous tests on the Fiorano and Mugello circuits. The dream of F1 unfortunately did not materialize and on Minardi’s suggestion I moved to the GT world, on the Ferrari 550 Maranello of BMS Scuderia Italia, winning 4 races in the first season. In the following years I was driving Lister Storm, Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari; in 2006 I graduated with Aston Martin as Vice FIA GT Champion and signed an agreement as an official driver for the 24h of Le Mans, where I got on the podium at my debut. In 2007 I competed on board of the Official Maserati MC12 with Andrea Bertolini. In 2009 I debuted with prototypes: with the Lola LMP2 of Racing Box, one race won and third in the Championship. From 2010 I raced with the official Audi Sport R8 and won the Spa 24h in 2012. The following year I became an official BMW driver and gained second place in the 24h of the Nürburgring with the Z4 of Team Marc VDS. From 2014 to 2017 I raced with the Ferrari 458 GT3, the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and the Ferrari 488 GT3, achieving several successes. In 2017 I also won the SPX class at 24 of the Nürburgring driving a Glickenhaus SCG003.


Instructor

1999: at 20 y.o. I became an instructor of the Italian ASN at the Scuola Federale ACI SPORT. Since then I tutored a large part of Italian drivers who wanted to get closer to car races.
2002-2016: instructor at Dorado S.p.A.;
presentation of new models to sales networks and potential new customers, driving courses and incentive events linked to the automotive world for Ferrari, Maserati and Philip Morris in Italy and in the world
2005-2016: Director of the Ferrari School (Corso Pilota) and of the Maserati School (Master GT Maserati)


Other

I took part in the events and product presentations’ organization for important companies, including Pirelli. I have also cooperated with Nuvolari Channel and Eurosport as a commentator and test driver.


Coaching

2001: I started coaching my brother Giacomo on his debut in F. Ford. From that moment I followed him everywhere
2014: I founded my first Coaching and Management company and I started managing Michele Beretta, first in the F.3 European Championship, then in the Blancpain GT Series. In 2016 Beretta won the Silver Cup in the Blancpain Sprint Series and in 2018 he graduated in the Italian GT Championship
2014: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Coppa Shell – Team Kessel
2015: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Coppa Shell – Team Kessel
2016: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Coppa Shell – Team Scuderia NIKI
2017: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Coppa Shell – Team Kessel
2017: GT Sport Club e Michelin Le Mans Cup – Team Kessel - Ferrari 458 e 488 GT3

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SERGIO PIANEZZOLA

Sergio’s debut in racing is at the end of the 80s and claimed himself in the Italian and European Championships. He won 6 National Rally Trophies before moving to the track competition where, in 2017, he won the 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi (Pro-Am category) driving a Ferrari 488 GT3. He began working as an instructor in the early 90s, first in rallies and then in the safe and sporty driving courses. For over 15 years he has been an instructor of Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo Official Schools; he cooperated in product presentations and test drives organisation for Ferrari and Maserati and in events around the world for Philip Morris related with Ferrari.

Sports career

From 1990 to 1995 and from 2000 to 2005 I performed racing at a competitive level disputing 80 rallies in Italy and Europe, in which I ranked first overall and/or category 15 times. I won the Fiat Uno Turbo Under 23 Trophy in 1992, the Fiat 500 Trophy in 1993, the Italian Gravel Rally Championship Under 25 in 1993 with Lancia Delta Integrale, the Italian Rally Trophy gr. N in 2004 with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, and Mitsubishi Evo Cup in 2003 and 2004. In 1994 I ended fourth overall in the European Championship with Lancia Delta Integrale, winning the prestigious Halkidikis Rally in Greece. I was an official Fiat Auto driver in the 1994 Monte Carlo Rally and Mitsubishi Italy in the Rally d'Italia Sardegna in 2005, both World Rally Championship events. From 1993 to 1995 I was part of the Grifone Esso team, semi-official Lancia team until 1993 and official team of Toyota Italia since 1994. In 2014 I started my activity on the track as a coach in the Ferrari Challenge; at the 12 hours of Abu Dhabi, in 2016 I won the AM category on the Ferrari 458 GT3 and in 2017 I won the ProAm category on the Ferrari 488 GT3.


Instructor

1991-1993 Vittorio Caneva Rally School - Asiago (VI) rally courses
1994-1996 Tabaton OMP Piloting School - Genoa - rally courses
1997-1999 Driving School Quattroruote FIAT - Milan - safe driving courses
Tutor and supervisor (2000 - 2016) at Dorado S.p.A. - Varano de 'Melegari (PR) 
Presentation of new models for sales networks and potential new customers, driving courses and incentive events related to the automotive world for Ferrari, Maserati and Philip Morris in Italy and worldwide. I have worked in Europe, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.


Coaching

2014: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Pirelli Trophy – driver Vadim Gitlin (rookie) 2 victories (Brno in Czech Republic and Istanbul Park - Turkey)
2015: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Shell Cup – driver Murat Chuhadaroglu (rookie)
2015: Blancpain GT series – driver Vadim Gitlin - Mc Laren GT3
2016: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Shell Cup – driver Deborah Mayer (rookie)
2016: Blancpain GT series - Vadim Gitlin driver - Ferrari 458 GT3
2017: Ferrari Challenge Europe - Shell Cup – driver Deborah Mayer
2017: GT Sport Club and Michelin Le Mans Cup – driver Deborah Mayer - Ferrari 458 GT3