Zanardi to test BMW

Alex Zanardi to test BMW M3 DTM at the Nurburgring
BMW has confirmed that it will give Alex Zanardi the chance to sample its DTM machine in a test at the Nurburgring.

Zanardi, who won two gold medals in the London Paralympic games, has previously worked alongside BMW during his time in the World Touring Car Championship and won four times driving for the ROAL Motorsport team.

The test will take place on 8 November, with BMW having adapted one its cars to allow Zanardi – who lost both his legs in a Champ Car accident at the Lausitzring in 2001 - to get behind the wheel.

“We are delighted to offer Alessandro Zanardi this outing in the BMW M3 DTM,” BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said. “He has been a member of the BMW Motorsport family for many years, so we are very keen to offer him this chance to drive the BMW M3 DTM.

“We will obviously have to make a few modifications to the car. A DTM car is considerably more complex than the BMW 320si WTCC, with which Alex won on four occasions for us in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. However, our engineers happily accepted this challenge.

“Alex once again made sporting history in London. He thrilled the fans with his appearance at the race in Hockenheim, and was there in person when we sensationally completed the clean sweep of the 2012 DTM titles. He is simply a fantastic person.”

Zanardi himself said he was excited by the prospect of getting back behind the wheel as he evaluates a possible return to motorsport for the 2013 season.

“I would like to thank Jens Marquardt and all my friends at BMW Motorsport here and now for this unique opportunity,” he said. “I always feel like coming back to my family when I'm here at BMW Motorsport.

“When I saw the BMW M3 DTM up close for the first time in Hockenheim, I found myself feeling like a racing driver again after all those months as a handcyclist. It is a great honour for any driver to get behind the wheel of such a fantastic car. I will enjoy every lap.”

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Alex Zanardi celebrates his gold medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games
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OZFan - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 12:53 AM

Perhaps it is not that important, but Alex (as many people call him) prefers to be called Sandro, which is Italian short for Alessandro. Alex is a nickname given to him while racing in CART at the US. It is not that he dislikes to be called Alex, but he prefers Sandro. Good for BMW to let him test one M3 DTM renner. Cheers, mate!

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