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Ex-Formula 1 team boss Guido Forti has died at the age of 72. The Italian was well-known for running the Forti Corse squad in the highest level of single seater racing between 1995 and 1996, having enjoyed success in lower classes.
Forti founded his team with businessman Paulo Guerci in the late 1970s. The outfit quickly enjoyed success in Italian and European Formula 3, which yielded titles for Gianni Morbidelli. However, Forti's greatest results were achieved in 1988, when Enrico Bertaggia won both the Macau Grand Prix and Grand Prix de Monaco F3.
A year earlier, the squad had ventured into Formula 3000. Morbidelli claimed the team's first victory in the series, with eight more being added in the years that followed. In 1995, Formula 1 beckoned with the Parmalat-backed Pedro Diniz and Roberto Moreno as its drivers. After a disappointing maiden campaign, which did not include a points finish, Diniz moved to rivals Ligier and left Forti short of finances.
1996 was a lost cause for Forti and its new line-up of Luca Badoer and Andrea Montermini, with the team unable to find the funds needed to finish the season. After a brief return to management in the Euro F3000 series, Forti retired at the end of 2003.
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