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Zanardi to Compete in Modified BMW M8 GTE in 2019 Rolex 24

Alex Zanardi to compete in 2019 Rolex 24 in adapted BMW M8 GTE…

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Alex Zanardi will compete in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona in a modified BMW M8 GTE, it was announced at the BMW Season Review event on Friday evening.

Zanardi lost his legs following an accident in 2001 but has since competed in several modified BMW race cars, including a Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series.

He competed in the Total 24 Hours of Spa two years ago in a Roal Motorsport-entered BMW alongside Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock.

The 51-year-old Italian is now preparing for his return to endurance racing at Daytona, where he will race the new-for-2018 BMW M8 GTE with an adapted brake system that allows him to race without his artificial limbs.

This will be one year after the car makes its race debut in next month’s running of the endurance classic. 

Further details on the program is expected to be released in the coming months.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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