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Marc Gené

Professional Formula1 racing driver. First Spaniard to win the legendary race of Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Who is Marc Gené?

Marc Gené is a renowned Formula 1 driver and tester and the first Spaniard to win the Le Mans 24-hour race. He combines motor racing with his work as an entrepreneur and media commentator.

What can you expect from a conference with Gené?

Marc Gené is known for his charm, disposition and charisma, which he displays when he speaks about motivation, self-improvement, talent development, leadership and teams. He is also an event host.

What has been his professional career? How has he contributed to society?

Marc Gené started racing in karts at the age of 13 and won the Catalan Championship in the initiation category. He won his first National Championship in 1988.

In 1992 he started competing with a racing car and finished fifth in the Formula Ford Championship. The following year he tried his luck in the European championship and finished second in the Formula Ford and the European. Marc slowly approached F1 and tried the Formula 3 and Formula 3000 as well. In 1996, he won the II Superformula FISA Cup and in 1998, he won the Open Fortuna by Nissan, achieving six victories and the three fastest laps. That victory meant the direct passport to Formula 1.

Marc Gené made his debut with Minardi in 1999 and was the best newcomer of the season scoring the only point that the Italian team has achieved so far. He repeated next year with Minardi, but when Sir Frank Williams called him to join the British team as a test driver, he accepted the challenge.

In 2001 he debuted with a creditable fifth position in the Monza GP replacing Ralf Schumacher. After two seasons at Williams, in 2005, Marc joined Ferrari, where as a test driver, he worked closely with engineers and official drivers. Additionally, in 2007 he joined Peugeot to take part in Le Mans 24 Hours. In 2009 he was the first Spaniard to win the legendary race of Le Mans 24 Hours.

Publications and collaborations

He is a Grand Prix commentator for Antena 3 and Sky Sports.He collaborates every Sunday with the newspaper Sport and writes about motorsport news in the blog of the newspaper El Mundo.

Distinctions

In 1990 he was the youngest driver to win the Spanish Senior Championship.

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