NASCAR GP SPAIN
Four in a row: Vittorio Ghirelli sweeps the NASCAR GP Spain
The Italian helds a 26-point lead on his teammate Tobias Dauenhauer
(December 4, 2020) – It was a perfect NASCAR GP Spain for Vittorio Ghirelli who swept the event with his fourth consecutive win of the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The Italian led all 15 laps in an action packed EuroNASCAR 2 Round 8 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia Spain. The Hendriks Motorsport driver now leads the overall standings by 26 points on his teammate Tobias Dauenhauer.
Ghirelli’s lead was never under threat as he made a good start and pulled away at the front right at the beginning, opening a two-second gap on the rest of the pack. Behind the Italian though, the action was incredible throughout the field. Ghirelli crossed the finish line under safety car conditions after several cars ended up in the gravel in different parts of the circuit with three laps to go.
“I was able to open a gap right at the beginning and I was comfortably leading this race,” said Ghirelli. “I was very concentrated and tried to not stress the tires too much. It’s my fourth consecutive win and we’re really in a flow. We want to keep this momentum going and of course I’m dreaming about the big trophy, but it’s still a long way to go.”
The racing behind Ghirelli was frantic and made EuroNASCAR 2 Round 8 a must-watch for NASCAR fans all over the world.
Feed Vict Racing’s Alessandro Brigatti ended up second after starting from fourth on the grid. The Italian showed a strong pace and fought his way on the podium for the fourth time this season. Title contender Tobias Dauenhauer was third at the end of a solid run at the wheel of his #50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The German also grabbed the Rookie Trophy win.
Martin Doubek went off track in the opening laps and lost several positions in a contact with Nicholas Risitano, but the Czech managed to fight his way back into the top-5 to finish fourth under the checkered flag. Julia Landauer was involved in several door-to-door battles and proved her solid pace in another strong run under the setting sun in Spain. The American closed the top-5, finished second on the Rookie Trophy podium and won the Lady Trophy.
Simon Pilate completed the Rookie Trophy top-3 in sixth ahead of returnee Naveh Talor. Dylan Derdaele, who had to serve a drive through penalty and made contact with Mirco Schultis after leaving the pits, finished eighth. DF1 Racing driver Kenko Miura was ninth and scored his second consecutive Legend Trophy win. NWES debutant Leevi Lintukanto completed the top-10.
Championship contender Nicholas Risitano was involved in two incidents and had to park his #12 Solaris Motorsport Camaro after 9 laps. With three laps to go, while Eric Quintal hit the tire barriers, Schultis got stuck in the gravel trap after the contact he made with Derdaele. Francesco Garisto was running inside the top-3 in the early stages after charging from seventh on the grid, but the Italian was shuffled down the order and had to retire on lap 11. Vladimiros Tziortzis finished the race one lap down after he was involved in another incident.
The EuroNASCAR 2 Finals will take place at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on December 5-6 with two double points racing closing the 2020 season. Qualifying will start on Saturday at 12:40 pm CET. Final 1 is scheduled at 3:55 pm CET, while the championship culminates in EuroNASCAR 2 Final 2 on Sunday at 8:40 am CET. All sessions will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitch profile as well as on Motorsport.tv and Kreator 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.