Alex Zanardi is aiming for a place on the Italian cycling team at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
The 42-year-old former grand prix driver had both legs amputated following a Champ Car crash at the Lausitzring in 2001.
He returned to racing in 2003 and has competed in the European and then World Touring Car Championship in each season since. Zanardi has also taken up hand cycling and finished 14th in last week's individual time trial at the Para-Cycling Road World Championship in Italy. He previously finished fourth on his hand cycling debut in the 2007 New York Marathon, and is now targeting the 2012 Paralympics.
"My honest objective is to be at the level of the best Italian bikers and to finish in the top half of the classification," he said before last week's time trial, "waiting for a dream that could come true in London in 2012."
Zanardi currently lies 12th in this year's WTCC standings with one victory, at Brno in June.