Motor Racing: Marino Franchitti

Marino competes in the American Le Mans Series for Patron Highcroft Racing and has driven a fantastic array of machinery in a career which started out at the age of eight when began competing in karts,winning various Scottish titles including the West of Scotland Kart Club Championship, the Scottish Open Championship and the Scottish Pro-Kart Championship.

Making the move into single seaters, Marino competed in two Formula cars - Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall. In Sportscars he has competed and taken podiums in no less than 11 GT category cars, Porsche GT3RS, GT3RSR, Ferrari 360 Modena, Chrysler Viper GTS, Audi 4-wheel drive A4, Panoz Esperante GTLM, Spyker C-8 Spyder GT2R, Porsche 996 GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT, Ferrari 430 and Maserati MC12 GT1. He was the 2001 British GTO and 2010 ALMS LMP champion.

Possibly the most striking of all vehicles Marino has driven was the amazing Nissan Delta Wing in which he competed at Le Mans last year.

Marino has shared a memory of the first time he drove the uniquely designed car on circuit. 

"Being involved in the Nissan Delta Wing, which we took from ‘concept' to racing at Le Mans in the space of about 3 months, was an amazing experience. The car had half the weight & half the amount of drag of a standard race car. With that it also uses half the tyres & half the fuel, factors which are hugely influential in endurance racing." 

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