60 seconds with Marco Cioci

Marco Cioci was born in Rome on 26th September 1975 and first started racing karts in 1988 as a young boy. The racy Italian later moved to the Megane Cup, the Italian Formula 3000 and then the Euro 3000 Championship from 1995 to 2002. Later he took part in the Indy Pro Series.

Marco sits with us and opens up his book of experiences within motorsport.

It’s your first full year with Kaspersky Motorsport in the Blancpain GT Series. How does the experience compare with others?

“Well actually I have been in the Kaspersky Motorsport family for a number of years now but this year we moved into the Pro class. I have raced in many other events and of course I am professional and will do my job, but with Kaspersky Motorsport I feel more personal things, it’s like my family. I’m already a passionate racing driver, but here I am even more! Here I arrive and feel like the grandmother! “Don’t do this… don’t do that… who has done this?” It is the feeling I have with my family.”

Can you give us 3 words to describe the 2017 season for you?

“Proud, because of our car, our logo and our effort and our team.

Incomplete, I feel incomplete. Like my teammates we have won a lot of races. This year, seriously we feel that we deserved much, much more for what we have this year.

Thirdly, I feel strong. We fought against many things, but we are a strong team from drivers, communications, engineers and mechanics.”

In the world of motorsport, who do you most admire?

“In my years, it has to be Senna. When I was young, I saw him on TV and he was my hero. For me Senna, was beautiful, he was fast and smart. It was something special. I enjoyed listening to his interviews. He was so calm. It was great.”

What has been your most iconic race moment?

“I think I am lucky because I have more than one moment. The best race or my iconic moment was in Spa, WEC in 2014. I remember that I scored pole position and then won the race! It was a special moment because I had spent my time from February to May supporting my sick daughter. I said to myself that I will win here and when I was on the podium it was a different feeling to the other times I have stood on podium.”

What is your favourite circuit? Why?

“Spa is my favourite circuit. I love the circuit in all kinds of conditions and it’s my favourite race within the WEC. Also, I really enjoy the Le Mans circuit.”

When not in the drivers seat, what do you enjoy doing?

“Well okay, I think I would still be involved within motorsport. Maybe as a manager or team principle.”

Can you tell us about a special race souvenir that you have? What does it mean to you?

“Well I am completely bad person, because at first I want it all, I want all souvenirs, but when I arrive to the track or the museum I don’t do anything or buy anything, haha.”

What is your perfect off-track car?

“That’s a tough choice! Well I would choose a Range Rover, but the old design. I’m not too much of a fan of the newer ones, but yes I like the big cars.”

Well actually I have been in the Kaspersky Motorsport family for a number of years now but this year we moved into the Pro class. I have raced in many other events and of course I am professional and will do my job, but with Kaspersky Motorsport I feel more personal things, it’s like my family. I’m already a passionate racing driver, but here I am even more! Here I arrive and feel like the grandmother! “Don’t do this… don’t do that… who has done this?” It is the feeling I have with my family. Marco Cioci