Former F1, CART and WTCC driver Alessandro Zanardi is aiming to compete in the hand cycling events at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Not only is he aiming to compete, he’s aiming to win a medal!
"Racing here has been very exciting, a lot more than when I used to wait in a car for the lights to start a motor race – maybe because it had been habit,” he said.
"To find myself among many people cheering me and pushing me on is completely different – you feel the warmth and the pleasure of the support right on your skin, you live it moment by moment."
Since retiring from the World Touring Car Championship at the end of last season, Zanardi has increased his hand cycling activities.
"I train practically every day for at least 60km and I’ve even done a 120km run to verify my stamina. The end result obtained here in Rome is excellent – it could have been better, but the route isn’t easy and I faced some winds towards the end.
"I have an objective and I won’t deny it. I hope to go to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games and fight for the podium."
We certainly hope that Alex is able to achieve this aim! Good luck!
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