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Motorsports Icon Nicola Larini to Join NWES at Franciacorta

Former Formula 1, DTM and WTCC Driver To Pilot The #1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang

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Another world class motorsport icon is about to enter the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series field, making the September 16-17 Semi Finals at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, Italy a must for every race fan. Former Formula 1, DTM and WTCC factory driver Nicola Larini will make his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR GP Of Italy driving the #1 Ford Mustang for Alex Caffi Motorsport in the ELITE 1 Division.

“When Alex Caffi told me about this opportunity I was really happy to take it! The series is fascinating with its cars all about pure racing and letting the drivers make the difference. It will be interesting. I’m sure it will not be easy though, because joining a new top level category always means you have to confront with strong drivers with a lot of experience, so I hope to have enough time to adapt and find a strong pace,” said Larini, whose career features 49 starts in Formula 1, highlighted by a second place at Imola driving for Ferrari in 1994. “I want to thank the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Alex Caffi Motorsport for this fantastic opportunity and I hope to both have fun and entertain the many Italian fans. I’m a competitor, so I don’t just want to show up, I always want to compete and get the best result I can!”

“It’s a great honor to welcome Nicola racing in Euro NASCAR, especially for the Italian GP! I am really happy and proud the NWES is becoming the place to race for every driver coming from all over the world and every kind of racing discipline! Our pure racing cars, with great power and no electronics, are probably the ultimate challenge in Europe! With 28 cars, over 60 top level drivers from 20 Nationalities and tens of thousands of fans, NWES is probably today the best and most exciting Touring series in Europe!” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO.In his long and eclectic career, the Italian not only drove four full seasons in Formula 1 and worked many years as the Ferrari F1 test driver, piloting the “Rossa” in four GPs but also successfully competed in a wide variety of disciplines, often sharing the track with Caffi. Larini won the Italian Formula 3 Championship in 1986, the Italian Super Touring Car Championship in 1992, made history in 1993 by conquering the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) with Alfa Romeo and competed as Factory driver for Chevrolet in WTCC. Most recently, the Camaiore native appeared in the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe.

“Nicola is a dear friend and we crossed paths many, many times along the way. He’s among the most accomplished drivers in Europe and having him is a great opportunity for everybody,” said team owner Alex Caffi. “We want to provide him the best opportunity to shine and I’m sure he will have a big smile on his face at the end of the weekend.”

Larini will share the #1 Ford Mustang with Lady Cup leader Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), while on the team’s #2 Mustang Maltese driver Fabio Spatafora will make his return to NWES in the ELITE 1 Division alongside Carlo Alberto Forte, who will look for a strong result in the ELITE 2 Division.

Nicola Larini

“Once again we’ll have an international lineup. With Carmen we’ll focus on the Lady Cup bringing her up in the ELITE 2 Division standings. With Fabio we were working since some time to put the deal together and we are happy to have him with us and Carlo – he was really unlucky at Hockenheim – will definitely look for a good result in ELITE 2,” concluded Caffi, whose team fielded drivers from all over the world in 2017 and won the first two ELITE 1 races of the season at Valencia with now points leader Borja Garcia. “I am very happy about our season so far, we had many great drivers and also gave some opportunities to young talents like Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, we are consolidating the team and working to go for the title in 2018 in this extremely competitive, formative and cost-effective championship”.

The NASCAR GP of Italy will begin on Friday, September 15 with four practice sessions and will continue in the next two days with four exciting NASCAR races which will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

NASCAR GP OF ITALY – Semi Finals
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ARE CET)

Friday, September 15
12:15 – 12:45 Elite 1 PRACTICE (30 min)
12:50 – 13:20 Elite 2 PRACTICE (30 min)
15:00 – 15:30 Elite 1 FINAL PRACTICE (30 min)
15:35 – 16:05 Elite 2 FINAL PRACTICE (30 min)

Saturday, September 16
10:00 – 10:08 Elite 1 QUALIFYING (8 min)
10:12 – 10:17 Elite 1 SUPERPOLE (5 min)
10:23 – 10:31 Elite 2 QUALIFYING (8 min)
10:35 – 10:40 Elite 2 SUPERPOLE (5 min)
13:30 – 14:10 Elite 1 RACE 1 ELITE 1 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)
17:30 – 18:10 Elite 2 RACE 1 ELITE 2 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)

Sunday, September 17
10:30 – 11:10 Elite 2 RACE 2 ELITE 2 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)
14:30 – 15:10 Elite 1 RACE 2 ELITE 1 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)

Semi Finals Entry List

ELITE 1 Division

CAR # ELITE 1 DRIVER NAT TRO TEAM NAT CAR
1 Larini Nicola Ita Alex Caffi Motorsport MC Ford Mustang
2 Spatafora Fabio Mlt Challenger Alex Caffi Motorsport Ita Toyota Camry
3 Gabillon Frederic Fra RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
4 Giudice Claudio Ita Junior Scuderia Giudici Ita Ford Mustang
5 Doubek Martin Cze Junior Renauer Motorsport Aut Ford Mustang
7 Garcia Borja Esp Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
8 Caso Dario Ita Challenger Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
9 Ercoli Gianmarco Ita Junior Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
11 Longin Stienes Bel Junior PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
12 Calcinati Renzo Ita Challenger MRT by Nocentini Ita Ford Mustang
24 Kumpen Anthony Bel PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
28 Tba RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
31 Bec Hugo Fra Junior RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
33 Schultis Mirco Deu Challenger Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
37 Ferrando Thomas Fra Junior Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
41 Armetta Fabrizio Ita Challenger The Club Motorsports Ita Ford Mustang
44 Nordstrom Freddy Swe CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
46 Marko Stipp Deu Challenger Racing Total Deu Chevrolet SS
47 Abreu Marconi Bra Challenger RDV Compétition Brazil Bra Toyota Camry
54 Day Alon Isr CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
56 Tineo Arroyo Salvador Esp Junior CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
66 Bouchut Christophe Fra DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS
70 Lasserre Lucas Fra Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
73 Boucenna Wilfried Fra Junior Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
77 Taheri Sam Ira Challenger Dog Racing Esp Ford Mustang
78 De Weerdt Jerry Bel Challenger Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
90 Goossens Marc Bel Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
95 Tba Dog Racing Fr Ford Mustang
99 Tba DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS

ELITE 2 Division

CAR # ELITE 2 DRIVER NAT TRO TEAM NAT CAR
1 Boix Gil Carmen Esp Rookie
Lady
Alex Caffi Motorsport MC Ford Mustang
2 Forte Carlo Ita Alex Caffi Motorsport Ita Toyota Camry
3 Delsaux Ulysse Fra RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
4 Giudice Claudio Ita Rookie Scuderia Giudici Ita Ford Mustang
5 Doubek Martin Cze Renauer Motorsport Aut Ford Mustang
7 Laureti Simone Ita Legend Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
8 Caso Dario Ita Legend Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
9 Spinelli Marco Ita Legend Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
11 Kunz Justin Deu PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
12 Calcinati Renzo Ita Legend MRT by Nocentini Ita Ford Mustang
24 Dumarey Guillaume Bel Rookie PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
28 Tba RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
31 Bec Didier Fra Legend RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
33 Schultis Mirco Deu Legend Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
37 Ferrando Thomas Fra Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
41 Benedetti Roberto Ita Legend The Club Motorsports Ita Ford Mustang
44 Linster Gil Lux Rookie CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
46 Tba Racing Total Deu Chevrolet SS
47 Abreu Marconi Bra RDV Compétition Brazil Bra Toyota Camry
54 Casoli Arianna Ita Lady
Legend
CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
56 Rabello Felipe Bra Rookie CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
66 Dreszer Maciej Pol Rookie DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS
70 Petersen Nicki Den Rookie Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
73 Guiod Paul Fra Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
77 Taheri Sam Ira Rookie Dog Racing Esp Ford Mustang
78 De Weerdt Jerry Bel Legend Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
90 Tba Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
95 Tba Dog Racing Fr Ford Mustang
99 Tba DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS

 ELITE Club Division

CAR # ELITE CLUB DRIVER NAT TEAM NAT CAR
1 Muet Eric Fr Alex Caffi Motorsport MC Ford Mustang
2 Carcheri Luciano Ita Alex Caffi Motorsport Ita Toyota Camry
3 Delsaux Emmanuel Fra RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
4 Scuderia Giudici Ita Ford Mustang
5 Kuchelbacher Andreas Aut Renauer Motorsport Aut Ford Mustang
7 Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
8 Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
9 Ercoli Franco Ita Racers Motorsport Ita Ford Mustang
11 PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
12 MRT by Nocentini Ita Ford Mustang
24 PK Carsport Bel Chevrolet SS
28 Schar Yann Swi RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
31 RDV Compétition Fra Ford Mustang
33 Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
37 Bacle Olivier Fra Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
41 The Club Motorsports Ita Ford Mustang
44 CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
46 Racing Total Deu Chevrolet SS
47 RDV Compétition Brazil Bra Toyota Camry
54 CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
56 CAAL Racing Ita Chevrolet SS
66 Deo Alves Bra DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS
70 Schultis Mirco Deu Mishumotors Deu Chevrolet SS
73 Bacle Olivier Knauf Racing Fra Ford Mustang
77 Silva Marcelo Bra Dog Racing Esp Ford Mustang
78 Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
90 Braxx Racing Bel Ford Mustang
95 Cardoso Alfredo Bra Dog Racing Fr Ford Mustang
99 Sparowitz Clemens Aut DF1 Racing Aut Chevrolet SS

Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series  / Stephane Azemard

Valencia / Brands Hatch / Venray / Hockenheim / Franciacorta / Zolder

UP NEXT: FRANCIACORTA
American NASCAR Weekend
Country – Italy
Date – September 16-17
Type – Road Course
Length – 2.519 km (1.57 mi)
Turns – 13

ABOUT NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was founded in 2008 and established the NASCAR official European Series in January 2012 thanks to a long-term partnership signed with NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), Team FJ, a Motorsports company located in Blois, France, and Whelen Engineering as title sponsor of the Series.The season is made up of 24 races, equally split among ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 divisions, on the best European tracks. Euro NASCAR introduced a stunning innovation on July 7-8, 2012 by organizing the first ever NASCAR race on an oval track in Europe on a half-mile speedway built in the downtown of Tours (France). With four races in two days, these 400 HP V8 monsters provide pure racing action and thrilling bumper-to-bumper battles as well as a lot of family fun around the track! In the pure NASCAR tradition, race fans can get closer to the action than ever and feel the unique in Europe paddock atmosphere thanks to drivers, teams and cars always available for the spectators.The series attracts drivers from all over the world, all willing to fight on track for the win and take the first step towards becoming a NASCAR star in the U.S.

www.euronascar.com

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