NASCAR GP ITALY
Loris Hezemans snatches the pole in Vallelunga in qualifying palpitating session
The reigning NWES champion edges Day and Villleneuve
(September 13, 2020) – In a palpitating first qualifying session of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season, reigning champion Loris Hezemans snatched the EuroNASCAR PRO pole position in the Delphix/NSR American Festival of Rome.
NASCAR GP ITALY RESULTS | EURONASCAR PRO
With a late run and a blistering fast 1’40.491 lap around the 4 km of the Autodromo di Vallelunga, the Dutchman edged Alon Day and Jacques Villeneuve respectively by 0.088 and 0.105 seconds. This is the third career Pole Award for the Hendriks Motorsport driver, who during the off-season stated that improving qualifying was his main goal in his campaign to retain the NWES title.“I needed to improve in qualifying and we worked on it very hard,” said Hezemans, who also topped the Junior Trophy classification. “Alongside Hendriks Motorsport, I also have to thank my new teammate Daniel Rowbottom, who gave us important feedback to set up and optimize the car. Tobias [Dauenhauer] already proved yesterday, that the #50 Ford Mustang is very fast. Of course I want to win today, but the races in EuroNASCAR are always surprising. I always say we have to see what we can do, but the goal is to be on top of the podium.”
Day and Villeneuve had to settle for second and third, but the battle for the win in EuroNASCAR PRO Round 1 will definitely be a must-watch thanks to one of the strongest fields in series history.
In his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series debut, British touring car ace Daniel Rowbottom impressed by closing the 30-minute session fourth quickest ahead of CAAL Racing’s Gianmarco Ercoli. Stienes Longin, Lucas Lasserre, Nicolo Rocca, Thomas Ferrando and Francesco Sini rounded out a top-10 enclosed in just 1.095 seconds.
Dario Caso was the fastest Challenger Trophy contender in 15th place.
The first EuroNASCAR PRO race of the 2020 season will be streamed live from 11:45 CEST on the EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile. The race will be also available live on Motorsport.tv and on the SKY platform on the 228 channel MS Motor TV.
Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was founded in 2008 by Team FJ 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, 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 divisions, on the best European tracks. 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.