Risitano snatches first career Euro NASCAR win
The Italian holds off Andre Castro and goes to Victory Lane
Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) took his maiden NASCAR Whelen Euro Series win at end of a vibrant ELITE 2 Round 2, holding off a very strong Andre Castro (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) after a late restart. The Italian was impeccable in fending off every attack grabbed his first ever win in the NASCAR Whelen Euro series.
Risitano carved his way to the top after starting fifth in the second ELITE 2 race of the 2019 season. The 31-year-old Italian took advantage of the intense battle for the lead ahead of him between Myatt Snider (#48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang) and Castro to position himself perfectly and grabbed the lead on lap 8 of the 15-lap race, keeping it until the checkered flag.
“It was an amazing race and I’m happy to celebrate my my first ever NWES win here at Valencia,” said Risitano. “Yesterday we broke an engine but the team was able to send me on track for two laps in the first race to get a good position for today’s race. Racers Motorsport simply did a fantastic job, they worked all day and night to win this race. I’m really looking forward to the races at Italy in May.”
Risitano’s teammate Vittorio Ghirelli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) came out on top in the battle for third, joining the overall podium. The Fasano, Italy native edged rookie Freddie Hemborg (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro), who also completed the Rookie Trophy top-3. Martin Doubek (#7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-5.“We really wanted to finish one place better but second place is a really good result for the championship,” said Castro. “I set my goal to be in the top-5, everything extra is a win. After yesterday the goal was a little bit higher but we really can’t be upset with this. I think we will have a good chance at Franciacorta in Italy.”
“It was an awesome weekend for us,” said Ghirelli. “It was a tough race, but I was always there. I saved the tires a little bit so I was able to overtake even on the outside. It’s nice to be on the podium. Overall it was a great weekend for us and I hope to achieve even better results in in my home race next time out.”
After leading the first 7 laps, Snider ended up sixth. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series Rookie of the Year and Castro once again put up a spectacular battle that lasted seven laps. After having to surrender the lead, Snider ended up sixth under the checkered flag.
Saturday’s race winner Giorgio Maggi (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) was seventh ahead of Pierluigi Veronesi (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), Justin Kunz (#99 Dexwet-Df1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) and Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), who closed the top-10.
The Belgian won the Legend Trophy ahead of Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) and Michael Bleekemolen (#69 Team Bleekemolen Ford Mustang).
Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) won the Lady Trophy by edging NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb (#10 Racing-Total Chevrolet Camaro). The American was finally able to join the ELITE 2 grid on Sunday after the Racing Total team worked all night to put the #10 Chevrolet back together following her teammate’s crash in practice.
The ELITE 2 Division will return to action in four week’s time at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy, on May 11-12. All races will be streamed live at Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Youtube channel and Facebook page, Motorsport.tv and a vast of websites and social media pages around the world.
Photo Credit: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
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.