Marco Attard - British GT champion and wine enthusiast
Marco Attard, also known as the gentleman racing driver, was born in Edinburgh, on March 21st 1961. The 2014 British GT champion began his racing career in the UK Ferrari Maranello Challenge back in 1999. Aside from his prominent racing profession, Attard is also a quite successful wine merchant and a person of versatile hobbies.
Marco Attard – 2014 British GT champion
Attard won British GT 2014 championship driving a BMW Z4 GT3 as a member of Ecurie Ecosse Team. He won two of 10 races in the season and had five podiums, but was very lucky to clinch his title at the last race of the season at Donington Park. He had to retire in the early stage of the race leaving the door open to his rival Ahmad Al Harthy to potentially take the title. Luckily for him, Al Harthy fell to fourth place so the champion’s trophy ended up in the hands of the British driver.
Next year, again accompanied with Alexander Sims, Attard tried to defend the British GT title, but even after winning two races, they finished the season as runners-up, 13 points behind new champions, Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam of Beechdean AMR.
Ups and downs with Lamborghini and Porsche
In 2004 and 2005, as a part-time driver, he wasn’t very successful taking just one place at podium. After seven years of absence, Marco rejoined British GT in 2012, with Team rhinos Leipert in a Lamborghini LP600+. His returning season was a step forward and preparation for later success considering the fact he took two second places, while in 2013 as a member of Ecurie Ecosse, he finished third overall.
Once asked why he chose British GT, his answer was (un)expected: “Being associated with the series is a very good marketing tool for my sponsors and the prestige of the British GT is a good fit for them. Without sponsorship, there would be fewer cars, there’s no doubt; running the budgets required from your own money would require very deep pockets indeed!”.
Video: Marco Attard British GT pole lap at Snetterton
Wine before and after racing
He is married and has two kids. Interestingly, he is working as a wine merchant. As he admitted, one of his hobbies is wine drinking, as well as skiing and shooting.