NASCAR GP BELGIUM
Lasse Soerensen dances in the rain, takes ELITE 2 title
The Dane grabs the seventh win of the season
and completes an outstanding comeback
(October 6, 2019) –The 2019 ELITE 2 Division season goes in the books with an outstanding performance by Lasse Soerensen. The Dane not only won the seventh race of the season, but also completed a huge comeback, grabbing the points lead from Giorgio Maggi’s hands in the last race of the championship. The 22-year-old Aalborg native is the eighth ELITE 2 Division champion in NWES history.
ELITE 2 Final 2 started behind the safety car due to the rainy conditions at the iconic Circuit Zolder. With 11 laps to go, Soerensen led the field to a single file restart ahead of Maggi. The Dane and the Swiss were separated by only one point entering today’s race, crowning the one the champion, who’s crossing the finish line first.
Soerensen defended the lead against a charging Maggi on another restart – the safety car was back on track for a contact involving Naveh Talor and Michael Bleekemolen – but wasn’t able to build a gap on the Swiss. The Hendriks Motorsport driver tried his best to pass Soerensen in the last corners, but the Dane fended off every attack to clinch the ELITE 2 Division title and the Rookie Trophy.“It’s awesome to be here, we fought for this the whole season long,” said Soerensen, who debuted in Euro NASCAR only in the second event of the year at Franciacorta. “We took over the lead of the championship in the last race. I thank my team Dexwet-Df1 Racing and all my sponsors for the hard work they put in this year. I’m super happy right now.”
“It’s a real shame because it was a really short race, since we did several laps behind the safety car,” said Maggi. “I just went out of laps in the end. I was preparing for the last lap and I braked very late but it didn’t work. My plan for next year is for sure to step up in the ELITE 1 Division and fight for the title over there.”
Alessandro Brigatti was a solid third at the wheel of the #9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang and grabbed his second career podium to close his first NWES season on a high note. Vittorio Ghirelli ended up fourth ahead of Racing Engineering’s Myatt Snider. Advait Deodhar was sixth followed by Nicholas Risitano, Pol van Pollaert, Pierluigi Veronesi and Jesse Vartiainen.
Soerensen won the championship by nine points on Maggi, scoring seven wins and finishing all the eleven races he started inside the top-10.
Vittorio Ghirelli is third in the overall standings and in the Rookie Trophy. Deodhar takes fourth ahead of Risitano and Myatt Snider, who closed his first season racing outside North America in sixth place. Pierluigi Veronesi, Martin Doubek, Justin Kunz and Jesse Vartiainen complete the 2019 ELITE 2 Division top-10.
By winning the last Legend Trophy round, Ian Eric Waden also grabbed the overall classification dedicated to driver aged 40 or more from Michael Bleekemolen, who had a troubled ELITE 2 Final 2. Arianna Casoli, who also secured her second career Lady Trophy, completed the Legend Trophy season podium.
THE ELITE 1 Division’s final race will take place on Sunday at 3:15 pm CET and will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the NWES YouTube and Facebook pages, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media pages from around the world.
Photo credits: 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.