- Double points are on the line in the first event of the ENES playoffs
- NWES drivers will take on the Brands Hatch GP Circuit for the first time
- Lasse Soerensen leads the standings with a 10-point margin
- Simracing aces to represent Circuit Ricardo Tormo and Autodrom Most
(June 15, 2020) – For the very first time, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers and teams will take on the Grand Prix layout at the traditional home of the American SpeedFest in Brands Hatch, UK. Semi Final 1 of the EuroNASCAR Esports Series kicks off the playoffs with double points on the line in the 30-minute Main Event race. Lasse Soerensen leads the championship after a thrilling regular season with five different winners in five events including the Prologue.
The 2019 EuroNASCAR 2 champion grabbed his first ENES win last time out at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway, stretching his championship lead with a dominant performance. The Dane now has a 10-point margin on Hendriks Motorsport’s Jeffrey Roeffen and 12-point one on NWES champion Loris Hezemans. Positions four to six are held respectively by Df1 Racing’s Andre Castro, Hendriks’ Tobias Dauenhauer and RDV Competition’s Ulysse Delsaux.
For the first time in NWES history, drivers and teams will battle on the GP layout of the Brands Hatch Circuit. The 3.908-kilometer old-school road course features 9 turns, high speed straights and plenty of elevation changes, making it a new exciting challenge for the ENES field. Brands Hatch, home of the real-life American SpeedFest will host ENES for the second time this season. Guillaume Deflandre won a thrilling battle on the Indy Circuit in Round 1.NWES track partners will be represented by a strong and diverse drivers lineup in the virtual trip to the UK. Circuit Ricardo Tormo will rely on sim racing ace Pablo Lopez to compete for the overall win at the wheel of the #413 Fordzilla NASCAR Fest Mustang. Round 2 winner and Simracing professional Michal Smidl will return to take over the wheel of the #483 Autodrom Most NASCAR Show Toyota, while Michael Niemas will drive the #479 Camaro for the Hockenheimring American Fan Fest.
While awarding double points in the 36-driver Main Event race, the ENES format remains unchanged for the playoffs. After a 2-lap qualifying session, three 10-minute Heat races will send 10 drivers each to the Main Event. A 10-minute Last Chance Qualifier gathering all the competitors eliminated from the Heats will then provide one more chance for the top-6 to advance to the 30-minute Main Event.
ENES Semi Final 1 at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will be broadcasted live on Tuesday June 16 from 20:00 CEST on the EuroNASCAR Youtube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile profile of EuroNASCAR and on Motorsport.tv
Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Guillaume Hesnault
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 26 races, equally split among EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 championships, 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.