Originally Posted by Marcus Mussa
I am told both Barilla and Marzotto did thousands of miles of practice for Monaco. I don't know about Ben Barker. All I know is I sat in my car for the first time on Thursday, and that was to do the seat fitting! My definite highlight was being congratulated by Neil Trundle when on the grid for the final on Sunday - he ran the same car for Tom Pryce in 1974.
Eje Elgh said he was amazed at the level of competition - he incidentally did very well - first race for 18 years! Nice guy to boot.
Not sure about Ben Barker but I got the impression that preparation with access to the car was quite limited.
Having finally got around to Googling Mr. Marzotto it seems that his outings on bikes were brief - just one season. He has, apparently, participated in the Paris-Dakar (2002 in a UniMog in the trucks category) with Paulo Barilla who does have an extensive and partially successful history of car racing with a briefish foray into F1
However Mr. Marzotto's main claim to fame, other than his charity support, seems to be as a former President of a large Fashion House and an Italian Tourist board.
Wikipedia, translated by Bing, has this information.
, 26 September 1966
) is an entrepreneur
manager and until 2008
Chairman of fashion house Valentino S.p.A.
, later President ofENIT
(Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo).
Is the son of count Umberto Francis and Marta Vacondio
As described above has made clear in a Press Conference
at Palazzo Chigi
that intends to achieve goals for the relaunch of tourism promotion ofItaly
in international markets.
He was General Manager of operating Valentino
and is Vice-President of the Foundation Research for cystic fibrosis
He participated in the Paris-Dakar 2002
with Paolo Barilla
In 2009 he raced as a professional motorcycle rider participating in the Italian speed Championship Supersport with Kawasaki. Participates in all six races in the calendar, earning a tenth place in the race at Misano and finishing 23rd in the standings with 2.5 points.
Can't knock his Monaco driving. Seemed solid and I have some shots of a great catch as he exited the swimming pool area having slightly overcooked things (qualifying on Friday) before setting the pole time for his heat.