Fourth-generation racer Giordano Lupini is in his third year of main circuit racing in the the Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup following a solid debut season in the WP Bold Marine WP GTi Challenge, where he has improved steadily from his first race at the tender age of 14 to win his first races during the 2016 season.
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.
IMM University B.Comm student Giordano stepped up to national racing in the Polo Cup in 2017, where he showed great pace to regularly qualify in the top ten, before moving back to GTi Challenge with plans to get back to Polo Cup soon, but while he has shown exceptional pace of late he has lacked luck. Giordano hopes to win national championships in future and also to race overseas.
Motorsport Ambition: To win SA championships and compete overseas
Races: Burly Pro GTi Challenge
Born: 26 September 2000
Lives: Franschhoek, Western Cape
Weight & Height: 1.82m, 73kg
Vega University, Cape Town
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: Nonna's Cotelette (Italian for Grandma's 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 C, MSA Motorsport Development Academy scholar
2017 - National Engen VW Polo Cup
2018 - WP GTi Challenge C
2019 - WP GTi Challenge C Champion
2020 - did not compete
2021 - watch this space!