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Alain Mosqueron wins Club Challenge at Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia
The Frenchman was the most consistent driver throughout the two timed sessions
(November 13, 2020) – The Club Challenge were the first EuroNASCAR drivers to hit the track in Grobnik, Croatia, on Friday for the second round of the 2020 NWES regularity challenge. In the end it was reigning Club Challenge champion Alain Mosqueron who stood on the highest step of the podium at the end of three 30-minute sessions and celebrated with his DF1 Racing team.
The Frenchman collected a total penalty time of only 1,494 seconds across two timed sessions and took his revenge on Not Only Motorsport’s Federico Monti, the driver who beat him last time out in Zolder. Monty had only 0,078 seconds more than Mosqueron added to his penalty score, a proof that the battle for the title will go down to the very last event in Valencia, Spain. Marko Stipp Motorsport’s Gordon Barnes from the UK scored his second consecutive podium finish in his Club Challenge rookies season.
“I wanted to take my revenge from Zolder, because Federico was very consistent there,” said Mosqueron after his first Club Challenge win of the season. “I really wanted to win here at Automotodrom Grobnik. As it was a new track for all of us we had to discover it first before clocking some good laps. The track is very fast and I really liked it from the beginning. There are some bumps and fast corners, you have to be very careful there. I was able to be consistent and fast during the timed session and I’m happy to be back in Victory Lane. I thank my team for the good car, it was a very good day for all of us at DF1 Racing.”
Thomas Blumberger ended up fourth driving the #22 DF1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro. The NWES rookies hit the track in the powerful and raw V8 beast for the first time in his career and made solid progress at the challenging 18-turns, 4.168-kilometer long track.
While the Club Challenge will be back in action at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on December 3-6, the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 Rounds 5 & 6 are next at Automotodrom Grobnik on Saturday and Sunday. All four races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile as well as on Motorsport.tv and Kreator TV.
Photo credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Klemen Sofric
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.