NWES 2018 SEASON
Alon Day and Ulysse Delsaux lead opening day at Valencia
The 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Season is ready to begin
For the first time in 2018 the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 1 officially hit the track on Friday in Spain at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) posted the fastest time of the day in the finals session, edging newcomer Loris Hezemans (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) by just 0.189 seconds leading the Junior Trophy. The 20-year-old Dutch driver Netherlands laid down a 1:40.506 minutes lap time. Borja Garcia (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsports, Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-3 0.273 seconds behind Day.
Two-time Champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) drove his Chevrolet to fourth place in 1:41,138 minutes ahead of Gianmarco Ercoli (Racers Motorsport, Ford Mustang). Zolder Finals winner Marc Goossens (Braxx Racing Chevrolet SS) ended up seventh ahead of Junior Trophy winner Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport, Chevrolet SS). Eight drivers were separated by less than one second. Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mishumotors, Chevrolet SS) and Francesco Sini (#12 Solaris Motorsport, Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10 in his new Solaris Motorsport ride.
NASCAR legend Bobby Labonte (#18 RDV Compétition, Toyota Camry) had a solid day in 14th with a 1:42.353 lap in his first outing on the Spanish track.
Qualifying is up next for the ELITE 1 Division at 9:50 CET (3:50 am ET) when the drivers will hunt for the pole position for the first time in 2018. The first ELITE 1 race is scheduled at 13:20 CET (7:20 am ET).
Delsaux tops ELITE 2 practice
Ulysse Delsaux (#3 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) drove the fastest lap of the day in the ELITE 2 Division in the first session with a 1:42.401 lap around the track that saw him win his first career NASCAR race in 2017. Maciej Dreszer (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) came in second in 1:42.458, a mere 0.057 seconds slower than Delsaux. Felipe Rabello (#11 PK Carsport, Chevrolet SS) was third in his PK Carsport Chevy, less than half second behind Delsaux.
Justin Kunz (#46 Racing Total, Chevrolet SS) ended up fourth, ahead of Wilfried Boucenna (#37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang). Rookie Florian Venturi (#32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang) was a solid sixth in his first outing on a NASCAR car, while Guillaume Deflandre (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet SS) set the seventh fastest time edging Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport, Chevrolet SS). Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang) rounded out the top 10.
The ELITE 2 Qualifying session is scheduled at 10:20 CET (4:20 am ET) on Saturday. The first round of season for the most unpredictable division of the European NASCAR series will wave on 16:50 CET (10:50 am ET).
All the races will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page and Youtube Channel and on the Motorsport.tv platform.
Valencia / Franciacorta / Brands Hatch / Tours / Hockenheim / Zolder
UP NEXT: VALENCIA
Valencia NASCAR Fest – NASCAR GP SPAIN
Date – April 14-15
Type – Road Course
Turns – 14
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