WhatBurlyPro GTi Challenge Round 9 Preview
WhereKillarney International Raceway, Cape Town
WhenSaturday 30 November 2019
CommunityCape Town, Western Province.

Lupini on the brink of GTi Challenge title

Franschhoek race driver Giordano Lupini takes to Killarney to put the finishing touches to his 2019 Burly Pro GTi Challenge Class C racing championship Saturday 30 November, but the weekend brings a certain sting in the tail. While Saturday’s opening race will be a normal 8-lap sprint, the final race is a 1-hour endurance race where Giordano must share his car with a driver who has not raced GTi Challenge in 2019 and the team has drafted veteran driver Ebrahim Levy as co-driver.

“I have a 20-point lead, so I need to finish in front of my nearest rival in Saturday’s sprint to clinch the title,” Giordano explained . “It will take the pressure to wrap it up before the afternoon’s endurance race, where I will share my La Vie de Luc Mineral Water/CIR Construction/Accelerate Special Gasoline Golf 1 GTi with Ebrahim Levy, who had much to do with my early GTi career, so it’s great to have such a quick and reliable pair of hands sharing the car with me.”

On the face of it, young Lupini has had an incredible season, but it has certainly not been easy; “We started with a double victory, but a component failure caused me to roll and destroy my car on the eve of the second race of the season. “We sold the wreck on the spot, acquired a new car that afternoon and worked through the night to prepare it in time for qualifying, but I put it on pole position and won both races!

“From there we had a decent run bar a few penalties and won most of the races until another part failure caused another huge accident in the August race. “We again worked flat out to rebuild the car and scraped into qualifying for the next round a month later, but somehow I put it on pole and won that first race too.

“Anyway, it's not been the easiest of seasons, but I have won ten races, had nine pole positions and eight fastest laps, of which several were records, so I'm more than happy with our performance in spite of the challenges and I have several people to thank — our sponsors La Vie de Luc, CIR Construction and Accelerate 102, Gozzi and the GAP Motorsport team. acciDent Guru and my dad and family for all the support. “Here’s to a great end to our season — Ebrahim, let’s do this uncle!” 


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