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Ferrari's Gene gears up for Melbourne run 01 Mar 2007

Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 6 May 2006

Test driver Marc Gene will take to the streets of Melbourne, Australia this Saturday in a Ferrari Formula One car, two weeks before this season’s opening race is due to be held in the city. Gene’s demonstration run is part of the pre-Grand Prix festival, a joint initiative with the Australian Grand Prix organisers, to mark the Italian car maker’s 60th anniversary.

Gene’s drive down Lygon Street, appropriately in the heart of the city’s ‘Little Italy’ district, is set to be the highlight of the day’s festivities. Other attractions on offer will include a unique parade of more than 60 Ferrari road cars, Formula One racing simulators, live bands, grid girls, roving entertainment and ticket giveaways.

“The 2007 Grand Prix Festival Celebrating Ferrari's 60th Anniversary will make this year’s Grand Prix even bigger,” explained John So, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor. “The Festival will provide a great opportunity to get close to the amazing F1 machines and experience a unique taste of the Grand Prix.”

Gene’s low-speed demonstration run will take place from 2.10pm. However, the Ferrari’s engine will also be started on three separate occasions during the morning (10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30am) in the ‘Ferrari pit’- located in Argyle Place North - to allow members of the public an even closer view of the car.

The 2007 Australian Grand Prix will take place a fortnight later from March 15-18.