The ‘Green Hell’ beckoned and Giorgio Maggi followed the call, competing in last weekend’s RCN Rundstrecken Challenge on the Nürburgring. The 18-year-old from Switzerland and Team Hoffmann Motorsport co driver Thomas Götschl were contenders for a podium finish in the KL_V 4 class before an unfortunate mistake dropped them down to twelfth.
“The Nordschleife is an absolute dream for any racing driver,” said Maggi. “I would like to say thank you to Thomas Götschl and Paul Gabriel from Kurt Steiner Garage in Lucerne for this unique opportunity. And of course, a big thank-you goes to team principal Conny Hofmann and the entire Hoffmann Motorsport crew. They looked after us superbly well.”
A total of 166 contestants lined up for the seventh round of the RCN on the famous Nordschleife (North Loop) of the Nürburgring. There are 15 races in this mass sports series, twelve of which are points-scoring. Up to two drivers are allowed per car, and there is one mandatory pit stop during the race. Maggi and partner Thomas Götschl were entered by Team Hoffmann Motorsport in a BMW Z4 23i E89. The duo looked all set to finish fourth or even higher in the KL_V 4 class. Unfortunately, there was a small mix-up in the timing of the team, which caused Maggi and his co-driver to drop down the field.
“Obviously, I’m a bit disappointed that we fell back towards the end. Fourth in our class on the Nordschleife would have been a really great result. But at least I know that it was not due our performance on the track and that the potential really was there. I’ll take that away as a positive memory from this race. I hope that many more will follow.”
Maggi next heads to Spa-Francorchamps, another ‘dream’ circuit for any driver. From 23rd to 25th September, the teenager from Lucerne will be contesting the European Le Mans Series on the Ardennes rollercoaster. Driving a Nissan Ligier JS P3 for his Race Performance team, he will be hoping for a top result in the LMP3 class.