ANOTHER PRIZE FOR ZANARDI
Italian hero wins further praise for paralympic efforts
Indeed, it was the choice of Brands Hatch as the venue for the handcycle events that inspired Zanardi to compete, having also raced here in his driving career and scored podiums in Formula 3000 and World Touring Cars. "Motorsport should be my speciality, not so much handcycling," he says in a press release from Brands Hatch, "but when they announced that the handcycling was going to take place at Brands Hatch it was one of the crucial things that emotionally made me think 'yeah this is my place'. In reality you know that the tarmac you're covering is the same for every one of us but it felt certainly more special."
Anyone doubting Zanardi's inspirational qualities and humility need only read further though. "When in 2001 I had the great accident, at that point it certainly didn't seem to be one of the greatest opportunities of my life," he says, with considerable understatement. "But looking back over the last 11 years, I have to say that my accident has become one of the greatest opportunities of my life. It's at the top of the scale with many other great moments I've been lucky enough to live."