Career in motorsports
Carlo Franchi began in the early 1960s with the motorsport and remained active as a racer until 1984. He went first race in 1963 in the Italian Formula Junior Championship and took part in Formula 3 and Formula 2 race. However, the single-seater career of the Milanese was very successful and is a random piece of work. Once he tried to qualify for a World Cup race of the Formula 1. For the Italian Grand Prix 1978, he was funded by an Italian tool manufacturer, a cockpit in the team of John Surtees. To the rescue came the fact that Surtees works driver Rupert Keegan violated and thus a seat was left. In training Franchi drove decent lap times, but failed to qualify for the race by 0.8 seconds. The inserts in the Aurora AFX F1 series in 1979 and 1980 remained without significant results.
Far more successful was he in sports car racing. In the late 1970s he was working driver with Osella and dominated the race of the Italian Group 6 Championship almost at will. 1981 and 1982 he went to the team of Enzo Osella in the World Sportscar Championship at the start. Both the 1000- km race at Monza in 1981 as well as the 6-hour race at Pergusa 1981 he reached together with Luigi Moreschi on a Osella PA9 third in the overall standings.