Giorgio Maggi gained a lot of momentum in the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The Swiss took over third place in the overall EuroNASCAR PRO standings after Most and holds a wide lead in the Junior Trophy for drivers aged 25 and under, thanks to five wins in the special classification so far. The Race Art Technology driver is not only giving his best to win the Junior Trophy but also to have a say in the overall EuroNASCAR PRO championship battle. Right before the final race of the regular season, the Hergiswil native sits only 38 points down to championship leader Alon Day.
Autodrom Most suits the 24-year-old very well, as Maggi’s strong pace at the Bohemian track proved very well. But it wasn’t a trouble–free weekend for the driver of the #18 Toyota Camry. Braking problems harmed the performance of his car but the team did an amazing job to fix the issues and prepare a fast and reliable car for the Swiss, who paid the hard work back with a strong result on Sunday – a solid sixth place.
“Decent,” Maggi said about Sunday’s race at Autodrom Most. “It was a tricky start, I didn’t know where to go and I also got pushed from behind, so I had to go straight. It was unfortunate that the rescue road was blocked by another car and I had nowhere to go, so I went over the grass. So I was at the rear of the field and it was a tough race, I was really pushing to the limit. There were some moments it was almost a bit too much and I thought I would crash. But I made it and it worked out. In the end it was sixth place, a decent result.”
The regular season finale at Circuit Zolder is next on the schedule and marks an important point of the season as the drivers will drop their two worst results. With the joker applied, Maggi would now still chase Day, who’s eager to conquer his record-breaking fourth NWES title.
In the Junior Trophy, Maggi sits clearly ahead of Liam Hezemans, who had a nightmare of a weekend with crashes and setbacks. Jonne Rautjarvi follows in third ahead of Thomas Krasonis and Aliyyah Koloc, who scored her maiden Junior Trophy win with Buggyra ZM Racing at her home track in Most.
With double points on the lines at the EuroNASCAR Finals at Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia, Maggi still needs to score consistent points to secure the Junior Trophy but maybe the Swiss will also be able to put his hand on the NWES championship trophy made by Tijey. With 4 top-5 and 6 top-10 results so far, Maggi belongs to the most successful drivers in the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season.
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