Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:08
VALE: FRANCO GUAITOLI 1939-2012 (updated) The Australian karting community is mourning the loss of one of its most influential figures from the 1980’s and 90’s
Church Service: Thursday 10th June, Mary Mother of Mercy Crematorium Church, Barnett Avenue, Rookwood. NSW.


Guaitoli, 72, passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday morning at the St Joseph’s Hospital in Sydney following a short battle with cancer.

Affectionately known as ‘Mr PCR’ Guaitoli had been involved in karting since the early 1980s and despite retiring early last decade to spend more time with his family, still dearly loved the sport.

Guaitoli led the way for Australian drivers to compete overseas providing opportunities for drivers such as Darrell Smith and Ryan Wlodinski in the PCR team. He was also instrumental in putting Australia on the International karting map through his support of the Oceania Championships during the 1990’s.

He was also instrumental in putting Australia on the International karting map through his support of the Oceania Championships during the 1990’s.

Franco leaves behind wife Anna, children Stephanie, Sabrina, Sergio, Sandro and Sonya and their partners, along with his nine grand children and two great grandchildren.

CHURCH SERVICE
The church Service for Franco will be held this Thursday the 14th of June at 10:30am at the Mary Mother of Mercy Crematorium Church on Barnett Avenue, Rookwood NSW.
Map: http://www.catholiccemeteries.org.au/pdf/rookwood_cemetery_map.pdf

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A couple of articles, 2001 and the most recent and last interview in 2008: http://kartsportnews.com/content/2012/news_120607-6.html

Australian Karting Association: http://www.karting.net.au/statement-franco-guaitoli

Speedcafe: http://www.speedcafe.com/2012/06/07/karting-community-loses-an-icon/