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How to turn opportunities into a factory racing career

Having scrapped for every opportunity in his career, Porsche GT ace and Nurburgring 24 winner Fred Makowiecki is well-placed to explain how to capitalise on a big chance

Being a factory driver requires a lot of things that I could not imagine when I started. It's not only about driving and being fast, it's what you do with the media, how you represent your brand, what you can do to improve the car and bringing everything together as well.

When I started my career, I was not ready for that - I did not speak English! My full vocabulary was 30 words, so it was tricky to have a discussion with somebody. I pushed really hard to continue in single-seaters and wanted to progress in Formula 3, but it was impossible with no sponsors.

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