Saturday 5 September should prove a significant day for Franschhoek lad Giordano Lupini, who steps up from kart racing the ‘big track’ as the karting kids like to call it. Giordano will be the youngest Cape race driver yet when he makes his main circuit racing debut driving a Volkswagen Golf in Class C of the Bold Marine WP GTI Challenge series at Killarney at the tender age of 14 years old.
Bridge House School grade 9 scholar Giordano, who has raced karts with some success at national level since 2010, also has the distinction of being possibly the first fourth generation racer in SA. His great grandfather Gigi raced legendary Mille Miglia across Italy in 1929 before immigrating to South Africa, where he set up racing stable Scuderia Lupini. Among the team’s successes was when the then young John Love drove Gigi’s Cooper Maserati to victory in the 1961 Killarney van Riebeek Trophy F1 race…
Grandpa Mario was also among the first to race at Killarney when he came down as part of a Johannesburg saloon car racing deputation who competed in a north versus south race as part of the Cape Town track’s opening celebrations, while older race fans will remember Giordano’s great uncle Gino — a stalwart of Killarney’s earlier days. Giordano’s dad Michele Lupini has been a Killarney regular for many years too, regularly visiting the Cape to race in Group N and more recently as a local driving his wild Chev Camaro local historic races.
Now it’s Giordano’s turn to step up to the circuit racing plate. “I’m so excited to step up to big track racing,” Little Lupini admitted. “We have not had as much time as I wanted to prepare Saturday, so I will be more than happy with just a good result in my first race, but I hope to become more competitive as the season continues,” the youngster promised
Giordano has already made quite a name for himself in karting, both in the local Killarney WP series and in the national championships, where he scored a sensational Maxterino victory on his national debut at a sodden Killarney. Giordano will continue karting in Junior Max alongside his main circuit activities for the rest of the year.