EuroNASCAR’s dark horse: Will Giorgio Maggi fight for the big title?
Giorgio Maggi is the dark horse in the fight for the 2022 EuroNASCAR title – After consistent performances, the Swiss is in third place ahead of the last two events
Winning the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) Junior Trophy for drivers aged 25 and under seems to be a mere formality for Giorgio Maggi. However, the Swiss has slowly but surely crept into the title fight in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship with his consistent performances. This makes him the dark horse in the final two events that will decide who takes the big trophy.
Leading the overall EuroNASCAR PRO standings is Alon Day, who will skip the regular season finale at Circuit Zolder in Belgium. This leaves the door open for three drivers to take over the lead in the overall standings before the finale: Alexander Graff, Nicolo Rocca and of course Maggi. Important: after the races in Belgium, the two worst results of each rider will be dropped, so Day will use the event as a kind of a joker.
Back to Maggi: In the 2022 season, the race driver from Hergiswil has collected a total of four top-5 and six top-10 results. This puts the 24-year-old just 38 points behind Day. Double points are also at stake at the finale on October 29 and 30 at the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia, which is why Maggi still has every chance of knocking Day off his throne and shattering his dream of a fourth NWES title, which would catapult Day to the top of the historical standings.
Maggi is contesting his first year with the Race Art Technology team from Switzerland. After having to find common ground at the beginning of the season, the knot has been bursted and one podium result after another has followed. Although Maggi suffered a setback in the first race at the Autodrom Most with a 20th-place finish, he struck back on Sunday with a solid sixth-place finish that has put him in a promising position ahead of the decisive period in the 2022 season.
The final round of the regular season will take place at Circuit Zolder in Belgium on October 8 and 9. For Maggi, the race weekend will be decisive in determining whether or not he will still have a chance to grab for the EuroNASCAR title at Grobnik at the end of October. One thing is certain: the Swiss has a very good chance of winning the Junior Trophy and thus securing an important NWES title.