Marco Bonanomi has been involved in Audi’s LMP program since 2011. For the 2015 season, the Italian feels fitter than ever.
The likelihood of seeing Marco Bonanomi exhausted after a sportscar race is almost zero. The 30-year old Audi driver knows very well how important physical fitness is in motorsport. His training is correspondingly intensive. “I’ve worked on my fitness program again to be perfectly prepared,” says Bonanomi. “I focused on triathlons over the winter.” The Audi driver complements this stamina discipline with similar types of competition. In March, he completed a duathlon, which combines the disciplines cycling and running.
In addition to testing for Audi, Marco Bonanomi contests the two FIA WEC races at Spa and in Le Mans. However, his personal race calendar includes another eleven races between April and October, because the R18 e-tron quattro is not the only Audi racecar he drives. The Italian contests every round of the Blancpain Endurance Series as well as the Blancpain Sprint Series, two of the world’s most challenging GT3 racing championships, with the I.S.R. team from the Czech Republic.
Alongside the tough sporting demands and the speedy world of motor racing, there is also another side to Marco Bonanomi. Before starting his professional motorsport career, he trained as a graphic designer. A social commitment also typifies his personality. The Italian advertises for Cancro Primo Aiuto, a charitable cancer aid organization from Lombardy.
Date of birth: March 12, 1985
Place of birth: Lecco (I)
Place of residence: Colle Brianza (I)
Marital status: single
Height/weight: 1.76 m/69 kg
Motorsport since: 1998 (Audi driver since 2011)
Le Mans starts: 2
1998 4th in 60 cc class in Italian Kart Championship
1999 4th in 100 cc class in Italian Junior Kart Championship
2000 1st in 100 cc class in Italian Allstars Kart Championship
2001 4th in Formula Renault 2000 Winter Series
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Championship
2003 4th in Italian Formula 3 Championship
2004 Formula 3 Euro Series
2005 11th in Formula 3 Euro Series
2006 2nd in Formula 3000 Euro Series
2007 World Series by Renault 3.5
2008 GP2 Asia, World Series by Renault 3.5
2009 GP2 Asia, 2nd in Formula 3000 Euro Series
2010 2nd in Italian GT3 Championship (Audi R8 LMS)
2011 Audi test driver (Audi R18 TDI), 1st in Italian GT3 Championship (Audi R8 LMS)
2012 1st in Zolder 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS ultra), 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 ultra)
2013 Audi reserve driver Spa 6 Hours, Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)
2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 6th in Spa 6 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 22nd in FIA World Endurance Championship WEC (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)
2015 4th in Spa 6 Hours, 7th in Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), Blancpain Sprint Series, Blancpain Endurance Series (Audi R8 LMS ultra)