Zanardi's new great challenge

Zanardi's new great challenge

"If you want it, we can make it happen." Those are the words BMW's Jens Marquardt uttered to Alex Zanardi, and now he is back behind the wheel in the Blancpain Sprint Series. He spoke to MARK GLENDENNING about his new career

Look away now if you don't want to feel old: it has been 19 years since Alex Zanardi last raced a GT car.

Back then, his world looked pretty different. In 1995, the Lotus Esprit GT2 that he raced at Donington Park and Silverstone alongside Alex Portman was essentially a 400bhp life raft, something to keep him afloat as he navigated the waters between the collapse of the Lotus team for which he had driven in Formula 1 and the opportunities that were about to open up to him in the US.

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