Gabriele was born in Biella. After almost 10 years of kart racing starting at only 8 years of age he focused on completing his studies to obtain an University degree not further follow a driver career in motorsports. In 2009 he then entered the Italian Lotus Club Challenge as hobby and the passion for racing was rekindled. In 2013 he decided to quit his regular job and move to the Nordschleife to make Motorsport his occupation, coaching amateur and pro drivers alike, starting to race at the same time in RCN and VLN.
In late 2015 he joined Team PIXUM Adrenalin Racing and raced with them in 2016 as well starting racking up 11 pole positions, 10 wins, 16 podiums and 15 fastest laps over the season including his first class win in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
The 2016 season also meant the beginning of the successful co-operation with Race Navigator and RN Vision STS Racing, with whom Gabriele successfully raced in the Porsche Sports Cup driving the Cayman GT4 Clubsport with 2 wins and 2 pole positions over three racing weekends.
With the season coming to an end, Gabriele renewed the partnership with Race Navigator and RN Vision STS Racing but left Pixum Adrenalin Racing switching to Black Falcon for 2017.
The combined effort of RN Vision and Black Falcon meant Gabriele could achieve a significant step in his racing career, racing full time in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, where on his debut season proved to be among the fastest rookies and already collected a top 5 finish in Norisring. His commitment to race on the Nordschleife also continued with Black Falcon, racing with their SP10 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR collecting his second Nürburgring 24H win in two years and several wins and podiums in the VLN Championship.
Furthermore, Gabriele was drafted by RN Vision STS Racing as lead driver and coach for the 2017 GT4 European Championship Northern Cup again driving a Porsche Cayman GT4 MR, clinching four wins and one second place over eight race starts. Gabriele and RN Vision STS Racing are currently leading the PRO-AM class standings. A calendar clash with Carrera Cup Deutschland will unfortunately prevent Gabriele to race in the last weekend of the GT4 European Championship and fight for the title but he left an impression on the Championship.
The 2017 season also saw Gabriele entering the Blancpain Endurance Series with the Black Falcon AMG Customer Team, debuting in Paul Ricard driving the Mercedes AMG GT GT3 with an impressive performance that saw him and his teammates run as high as second overall on his GT3 debut before a technical issue brought an end to the fairy tale. Gabriele was again drafted by Black Falcon to run the great Total 24 Hours of Spa in the PRO-AM class. Gabriele put in yet another solid and impressive performance on his first 24 Hours of Spa but luck was not on his side as the car was once again retired while well on his way to clinch class victory.
Family status: Unmarried
Private Car: BMW
Lotus Club Challenge Italy
RCN, VLN, 24H Nürburgring, Porsche Sports Cup
VLN, 24H Nürburgring, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Blancpain Endurance Series, GT4 European Series, Creventic 24H Series, IMSA Continental Tire Challenge
Dubai 24H overall victory, VLN 6hrs race overall victory, 24H Nürburgring 5th overall, Blancpain Endurance Series 2nd Silver Cup Championship (1 victory, 3 more podiums), GT4 European Championship one victory, 3 more podiums
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup (Silver Cup), 24h Nürburgring for AMG, ADAC GT4 Germany, GT4 European Series
During the year Gabriele has been preparing and coaching two drivers, one now proud winner of the 24H of the Nürburgring, feat that he achieved on his first attempt, the other claiming the Vice-Champion GT4 Pro-AM title after racking up more wins than anyone else in the championship.
Beyond his 1 to 1 full time coaching Gabriele’s services are employed by RN Vision STS Racing as mentor and coach for the young drivers in the team, by Black-Falcon for their winter testing programs and as coach for the Carrera Cup Deutschland B-Championship drivers and he is also part of the Mercedes-Benz Driving Events and AMG Driving Academy teams while also being a consultant for several driving schools around Europe.
Gabriele Piana will enter his fourth season with the RN Vision STS team in 2019. In 2018, the Italian won the 24 Hours of Dubai and in addition to victories in the VLN and Blancpain Endurance, he also clinched a GT4 European Series victory in Misano together with his last year’s team partner Razvan Umbrarescu on one of the 3 BMWs from RN-Vision STS.
Gabriele Piana: „It will be an exciting season in the new series. I would like to thank Marius and his father for the chance to mentor him. My priority is to help him find a good start in GT racing and I hope that we can gain our first podiums or wins in 2019“.
For the second year Gabriele starts in the Blancpai GT Series Endurance Cup with BLACK FALCON. He races a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Silver Cup category together with Patrick Assenheimer and Hubert Haupt. They stood on the podium twice in the first three races and are preparing to win the legendary 24h of Spa at the end of July.
Gabriele takes on the second season with the BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 European Series. Together with his long-term team RN Vision STS and his new team mate Marius Zug Gabriele is second in the standings after 3 of six race weekends.
Gabriele is part of the Mercedes-AMG factory programm for the Nordschleife and takes part in the legendary 24h Nürburgring with a works supported Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Team BLACK FALCON. He also races some selected VLN races with either coaching customers or AMG.
Gabriele is living proof that men and women can achieve what most people would think impossible. He dedicated his whole life to hard work and commitment, from his early racing days to his studies and back to achieve a career in Motorsport when everyone kept reminding him only how unlikely his dream was and how much were the odds stacked against him.
Firmly convinced in the value of hard work Gabriele has established himself as one of the best and most complete driver coaches with his ability to understand the specific requirements of each individual observing and analysing the issues not only from a race driver perspective but also, thanks to his experience beyond the race tracks, from psychological and mental perspective.
Gabriele puts regularly his service to use, not only analysing telemetry datas, studying track maps and refining his students driving techniques but also providing the correct feedback and support to allow his drivers to unleash their full potential when needed.
He his obsessed by finding those extra few tenths and hundredths missing on each braking zone and corner and shares his passion and commitment to his clients supported by the technical tools he has been developing in co-operation with Race Navigator and RN Vision.
Gabriele’s approach relies on the „simple, not easy“ paradigm, deconstructing the existing issues to their original causes to allow his clients to understand that even the best drivers in the world are just doing the very simple basic stuff very, very well.
If you are looking to improve your driving technique or you are looking to improve your performance under the stressful racing conditions and you are willing to put in the commitment and work that is required to achieve your goals Gabriele will be happy to assist you along the way.