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.

About Giordano

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

Age: 16

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

Giordano’s Sponsors

Bakkie & Car magazine

Motorsport Media

La Vie de Luc mineral water

Accident Guru Paint & Panel

CIR Construction

Takis Place Franschhoek

Tableview Tyres