DF1 Racing’s shopping tour for the 2020 NWES season continues – Now the Austrians have signed VLN youngster Marcel Lenerz
DF1 Racing seems to have big plans for the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES). After the signings of Ander Vilarino, Justin Kunz, Andreas Jochimsen and Alain Mosqueron, the Austrians have now secured the services of VLN talent Marcel Lenerz. The German will share the car with Kunz and compete in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship.
The 22-year-old made the leap from karting to formula racing in 2014 and has driven many different cars since then. Most recently, Lenerz was racing in the VLN at the Nürburgring, but for the 2020 season he has set himself the goal of once again creating a furore as a lone fighter in motorsport.
“I was racing in the VLN, where we share a car with several drivers. The whole team must always fit to be successful. To shine as a driver is not so easy there,” said Lenerz about his decision to join the NASCAR world. “That’s why I want to drive a car on my own again and to be responsible for myself again. EuroNASCAR is a great platform for me, because it is simply pure racing – especially when it comes to cars. You still have to drive with an H-shift and without driving aids.”
Lenerz wants to keep up with the best drivers of the EuroNASCAR 2 championship from the very beginning, even if he is cautious about his assessment of his role in the second NWES league: “I don’t know exactly where I stand yet because I can’t assess the competition. I will do my best and hope to finish the season in the top-3. Everyone who races wants to win. So, of course the title is the goal, but first we have to see how the pace is. After the season opener in Valencia we’ll know better where we actually stand.”
His first challenge will be the season opener on April 25-26 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, where the NWES holds its first four races (two per division). The new DF1 driver will then see if he has what it takes to compete at the top of the NASCAR circus.