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Giorgio Maggi’s fighting spirit goes unrewarded at Le Castellet

Giorgio Maggi’s schedule took him to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the fifth race weekend of the European Le Mans series (24th – 28th August). The Swiss driver had a tough time as he returned to Le Castellet but never lost his fighting spirit. A technical problem ultimately deprived the Race Performance driver of any chance of a good result.

Giorgio, you fought tirelessly throughout your race despite an unpromising start. Why were you unable to finish?
Conditions were not easy, I have to say. My team-mate had a contact with a fellow competitor on only the second lap, and our car sustained some minor damage, so we had to take a short break for repairs prior to my turn at the wheel. That cost us a lot of time. There was another problem with fuel pressure just before the end of my stint, and I was forced to retire.

How did your stint go before you retired?
Well, that wasn’t really perfect either. I could feel vibration right from the start, and the car was pulling to the left. There was also a lot of understeer when taking right-hand bends, which made it very difficult to post fast lap times. I really piled on the pressure and kept pushing, but it was just hopeless.

How would you rate the weekend overall?
We headed to Le Castellet, feeling really fired up. Pre-season testing took place there in March, and I felt very comfortable on the track at the time. Unfortunately, we struggled with technical issues early in the week on Wednesday and lost a lot of practice time. I would have liked to have had the chance to post more laps, because I’ve never contested a race at this circuit before. We struggled to find the right setup for the track. Those difficulties continued, unfortunately, but we must now draw a line under the weekend and turn our full focus to the next race.

A major highlight of the season is scheduled for next month at Spa-Francorchamps (23rd – 25th September). Are you excited about it?
I can hardly wait! Spa is my absolute favourite circuit. We’ve not done any testing there, but a practice day will be held immediately before the meeting. I’ve already taken out a formula racing car around the circuit and hope that I can now draw on that experience in my LIGIER JS P3. Of course, the car is a lot heavier, but still, it has more downforce, and I’m dying to find out if we can take Eau Rouge at full chat – I certainly hope so!

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