Race Art Technology made the right decision, when the Swiss team signed Giorgio Maggi for the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The 2019 EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up started strong into the season and continued his impressive streak of three consecutive podium finishes with a second and a third place in the two races in Italy. The Swiss also leads the Junior Trophy standings for drivers aged 25 and under and dominates the special classification ahead of Thomas Krasonis.
Maggi joined EuroNASCAR in 2019 and fought for the EuroNASCAR 2 title in his rookie year. In the last race of the season, he lost the battle against Lasse Soerensen but came home second in points and immediately stepped up to EuroNASCAR PRO. With three EuroNASCAR 2 race wins and four EuroNASCAR PRO podiums on his tally, it seems just a matter of time for the Hergiswil native to grab his maiden win among the best NASCAR drivers in Europe.
At the Autodromo di Vallelunga, Maggi qualified third in Superpole and had a perfect start in Saturday’s 18-lap race. The 25-year-old avoided trouble and crossed the finish line in second right behind EuroNASCAR’s winningest driver and three-time NWES champion Alon Day. On Sunday, Maggi stepped on the podium again when he sped to third to collect important points in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship and the the Junior Trophy he leads ahead of Krasonis by a whopping 94 points. The Swiss is tied in points with Brands Hatch winner Alexander Graff in fourth overall.
The Junior Trophy dominator commented on Sunday’s race: “It was a difficult race because I didn’t get a good start on the outside lane. I was on the outside at turn 2, which is not a good idea here. I was pushed out a bit and lost momentum on the backstretch. That cost me a few positions, but we never stopped fighting. I fought with Martin Doubek for a long time, it took me a while to pass him. My pace was better, but it wasn’t easy.”
The Swiss is confident that he can now attack at the top of the EuroNASCAR PRO championship: “I pushed the car to the limits and the tires were overheating. Because of the heat, it wasn’t an easy task in the car, especially during the safety car phases it got very hot. But we have a fast car now and I’m very happy with the two podiums. It looks like we have a strong package for the upcoming races.” The next rounds will take place after summer break on September 3-4 at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic.
Behind Krasonis, Liam Hezemans follows in third. The EuroNASCAR 2 title contender stepped up to EuroNASCAR PRO to pull double duties when Tobias Dauenhauer was sidelined at Brands Hatch. Jonne Rautjarvi is fourth, while Aliyyah Koloc rounds out the top-5 ahead of Leonardo Colavita, Dauenhauer and Gustas Grunbergas. Thomas Ferrando, Alex Sedgwick and Eyvind Brynildsen complete the 2022 Junior Trophy ranks.