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Lady luck winks at driver

An old joke in motorsport circles is: How do you make a small fortune from racing? Start with a big one…

At the same time, one local motorsportsman can now, for a change, brag that a pretty woman has an eye on him – none less than Lady Luck… someone Giordano Lupini of Franschhoek hasn’t had much of a relationship with.

Although Giordano enjoyed another great day at Killarney (he races in Class B of the GTi Challenge), he was the first to admit that luck was in fact on his side for a change – a pole position, a race win and yet another lap record en route to overall victory.

Racing his Bullion IT/Banhoek Chilli Oil Jetta CLI at Killarney on Saturday (10 July), the Franschhoek student was just happy to be on the receiving end of a bit of good luck.

“When they handed out racing luck, I obviously started from the back of the grid,” Giordano smiled after a great day (for him) at the mid-winter Power Series meeting. “We have traditionally been quite unlucky, even occasionally when we have won, so it was quite different to score a lucky win for once!”

A race meeting starts with a qualifying round to determine starting positions. “First of all that was the easiest qualifying pole position I have ever had! Qualifying was cancelled because of a power failure in the tower and I found myself on pole, thanks to my quickest lap in the last race! That was handy because we knew we would struggle a little as we were on used rubber that weekend and we were a touch down on power, so not having to carry penalty weight was an added bonus,” he said after the meeting.

“I had a good start to lead, but then the red flag came out (after a crash) and we had to start all over again in a short five-lap sprint. The restart was not so good and I dropped to third. I had to make a brave move on Jaco Lambert for second, by when Eden Thompson was too far gone. Still, I pushed hard, but to no avail. Then Eden slowed suddenly, and I passed him for an unexpected – but most welcome – win!”

The second race was less lucky. “Eden made a good start and got ahead. I gave it my utmost and was rewarded with our fourth lap record in as many races, but that was not enough for the win, so we ended up second. We were a little lucky today, but that’s not something we are very used to!”

Giordano thanked his team “as well as Nian, Chase and the guys at Nian du Toit Racing for all the effort on the car as always, and to our sponsors and partners, Bullion IT, Banhoek Chilli Oil, Master Panelbeaters, Franschhoek Signs and theauto.page for their contribution to making our racing happen”.

The next round is on Woman’s Day on Monday 9 August. “Bring it on!”

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