Regional club racing is arguably one of the most entertaining forms of motorsport, and this video taken from inside the cabin of an E36-generation BMW M3 race car certainly proves it.
Anthony Magagnoli, friend of R&T and the driver of this M3, started from dead last at a BMWCCA club race at Watkins Glen this weekend. He had to start at the back of the pack because he didn't qualify the car himself. It was also a multi-class race, so he was behind cars that that were far slower than the E36 he was driving. The best part? Magagnoli told us he hadn't ever driven the car before this race. It all made for one truly interesting start.
Magagnoli manages to pick off four cars before he even reaches turn 1, squeezing in between all different types of E30s, E36s, and E46s (and a Porsche 911, strangely). He nearly gets pushed off the track before the bus stop, putting his two right wheels onto the grass. But he keeps in it and eventually makes up 14 spots in total by the end of the first lap. Granted, many of those spots were taken from slower cars, but still, that's impressive. Watkins Glen has little room for error—one wrong move and you'll end up in a guard rail for sure. By the end of lap two, Magagnoli is up a staggering 21 spots from where he started. Not bad. Not bad at all.
This isn't even the first time Magagnoli has pulled off such a feat. Back in August of 2016, he managed to take a BMW E46 M3 race car with failing ABS and a broken exhaust from last place all the way to first place in just three laps at Laguna Seca. That video, shown below, is equally entertaining. Check it out for yourself.