Fourth-generation racer Giordano Lupini is in his first year of main circuit racing in the Bold Marine WP GTi Challenge, where he has improved steadily since his first race at the tender age of 14. Now challenging for podiums, Giordano intends to be on the Class C pace in 2017.
Giordano was born into a racing family - his great-grandfather competed in the Mille Miglia in the late-1920s and grandpa was a contemporary of Basil van Rooyen, Arnold Chatz and Jan Hettema in the 1950s and '60s, while dad Michele has raced extensively on track and stages since the '80s and still races on occasion.
Giordano started racing 60cc primary school Maxterino karts at the age of ten in 2011 and was soon winning at national level - most notably at a drenched Killarney in 2012. He moved up to Junior Max karts in 2013, where he enjoyed a competitive 2015 before becoming the youngest WP driver to ever race at Killarney at just 14 at the end of that year.
Bridge House School Grade 11 scholar Giordano intends continuing in Class C of the GTi Challenge in 2017 while at the same time stepping up to national racing. Giordano hopes to win national championships in future and also to race overseas.
Motorsport Ambition: To win SA championships and compete overseas
Races: VW Golf 1 GTi
Where: Bold Marine WP GTi Challenge
Born: 26 September 2000
Lives: Franschhoek, Western Cape
Weight & Height: 1.82m, 72kg
School: Grade 11 at Bridge House College
Other Interests: Gaming, F1, Science, photography
Favourite car: Pagani Zonda R, Corvette Z06
Racing hero: Enzo Ferrari (my second name is Enzo!)
Hero outside of racing: Jeremy Clarkson
Favourite food: Grandma's Cotelette (Italian for Weiner schnitzel)
Favourite drink: Jannie Verjaar (cream soda)
Favourite music: Rap
Favourite Movie/TV show: Old Top Gear
Giordano Lupini - Racing CV
2011 - karting - started racing in WP Maxterino 60s at 10
2012 - karting - 5th in SA Maxterino, won wet Killarney national
2013 - karting - 6th Maxterino,
2014 - karting - 4rd in SA Junior Max,
2015 - karting - Junior Max, big track debut in WP GTi Challenge at 14
2016 - WP GTi Challenge, MSA Motorsport Development Academy scholar
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