Giorgio Maggi will climb back into the cockpit of his LMP2 racing car in a little over two weeks. The Swiss racing driver is using the time until his next race under the banner of the Asian Le Mans Series in Fuji for his great passion, something very dear to his heart, his role as ambassador for the Stiftung für Kinder in der Schweiz, the Swiss Foundation for Children.
Maggi was invited as the Foundation’s guest to their stand at the 30th edition of the Auto Zürich, the Swiss new car exhibition in Zürich. He brought along his LMP3 racing car, in which he contested the European Le Mans Series this season. It was a very special attraction for the many visitors to the show and also for the children in particular.
In his role as ambassador, the 18-year-old uses any platform he can to draw attention to the needs of more than 300,000 children suffering social deprivation in Switzerland. Auto Zürich fits the bill admirably, as more than 60,000 visitors attended last year over the three days. Many of them gathered around Maggi’s 420-bhp Nissan Ligier JSP3 this year. The Swiss driver’s ‘company car’ also proved to be the perfect magnet to draw people’s attention to the Foundation. Maggi talked at length about the racing car’s technical features to all those interested and about his experiences as a racing driver.
He also took the opportunity to draw attention to the Foundation’s work and needs. “It was a great experience for me,” said Maggi. “A couple of things cropped up in the many conversations I had that should prove very interesting as regards the Foundation’s future prospects. In my role as ambassador, I’m looking forward to attending more events that I can combine with the sport I love, as here at Auto Zürich.” Other famous Swiss stars are also actively involved in the Foundation apart from Giorgio Maggi, including former racing driver Christina Surer, football personal trainer and coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, plus the grande dame of alping skiing, Vreni Schneider.