Alex Zanardi is many things. He’s a brilliant bloke, a double amputee, mighty fine and successful racing driver, a double Paralympic champion, an inspiration; it’s quite a long list.

I’ve just had the pleasure of a fair chunk of his time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he is driving his BMW Z4 GT3 car this weekend. Where to start?

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - live blog and gallery

His Paralympic preparations are dominating his time at the moment, so he’s currently on some downtime from racing, but plans to go again with BMW in 2017. Before then he’s hoping for three gold medals in the para-cycling, and is the current world champion as well as the Paralympic champion.

It’s a sport still its infancy, and as such Zanardi sees plenty of opportunities to steal a march on his rivals. “Some people sit high and some people sit low, some use big wrenches and others small ones. All the set-ups are different, but the performances are similar. This shows we’re all lacking somewhere. No doubt my racing background and curiosity is helping with this and my success.”

His racing career has been a long and varied one. He’s a double champion in Champ Car racing in America, has had two stints in F1, a long run in the World Touring Car Championship and has most recently raced in GTs, and tells enough anecdotes to conveniently fill an Autocar mag and web feature near you very soon.