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Sport Shortly before the accident: Zanardi had planned a motorsport comeback

17:40  20 june  2020
17:40  20 june  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Zanardi made a heart-warming sporting comeback as a Paralympian who won gold medals for Italy at London severe head injury, started shortly after 19:00 and ended shortly before 22:00. His health conditions are very serious." As well as hand-cycling, Zanardi has competed in the World Touring Car

The 53-year-old Zanardi , who had both his legs amputated after a motor racing accident almost 20 years ago, lost control of his handbike machine Following the accident , the Italian was airlifted to the Santa Maria alle Scott hospital in Siena where he underwent three hours of emergency neurological

Alex Zanardis nächster Motorsport-Auftritt war schon festgezurrt © BMW AG Alex Zanardi's next motorsport appearance was already tied down

The comeback was already dry: Shortly before the accident on the hand bike , BMW announced that Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi should have contested another race. But of course this plan is now of secondary importance.

was planned to make a comeback on a BMW M6 GT3 in the Italian GT championship in Monza in November. The vehicle would have been modified to meet its needs, as with the 24 Hours of Daytona 2019 or the 24 Hours of Spa 2015.

Most recently, Zanardi had the " Dream Race " from DTM and Super GT last November the Fuji Speedway at the wheel of a BMW M4 DTM. His teammates in Italy would have been Stefano Comandini and Marius Zug.

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Alex Zanardi has been airlifted to hospital in Italy following an accident during one of the stages of the The accident occurred at 5.05pm local time, with early indications pointing to Zanardi having ventured on “It happened on a straight downhill, just before the road makes a slight bend,” he said.

Zanardi made a heart-warming sporting comeback as a Paralympian who won gold medals for Italy at London severe head injury, started shortly after 19:00 and ended shortly before 22:00. As well as hand-cycling, Zanardi has competed in the World Touring Car Championship since his 2001 crash.

As a team, the team of ex-DTM champion Roberto Ravaglia was ready, with whom he had been on the road for the European and World Touring Car Championship for six years. Four victories came in that period.

He actually wanted to send a positive signal after the COVID 19 crisis. "This year the race in Monza is more than just a race because it takes place in the region of Italy that has been hit hardest by the pandemic. Starting in Monza embodies the desire to face the difficult time we all went through have to start again, "he said before his accident.

Now he probably has to start again himself - for the second time in his life. But first of all - also for the second time - he has to survive an extremely critical phase.

handbike accident Alex Zanardi: First investigation results are available .
© BMW AG Alessandro Zanardi came into oncoming traffic for an unknown cause Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi did not film his own accident with a cell phone camera. Corresponding alleged eyewitness reports that went through the social networks at the weekend turned out to be "fake news". He had both hands on the steering wheel. But there is a video from a different perspective, which was directly seized by the public prosecutor.

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