NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Solaris Motorsport: “Missed top-10 due to bad luck”

Michael Großgarten

The Italian squad Solaris Motorsport finished its second season in the NWES – The experienced team missed the top-10 in both divisions due to bad luck

After exploring the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) in 2018 with Francesco Sini at the wheel of the #12 Chevrolet Camaro in the ELITE 1 Division only, Solaris Motorsport expanded by hiring Naveh Talor for the ELITE 2 Division in 2019. Sini and Talor showed their great potential in the 2019 season but missed the top-10 in both championships.

Sini ended up 13th in the ELITE 1 Division points standings with 388 markers in his pockets. He lied 39 points behind Romain Iannetta in tenth position. With six top-10 finishes in 2019, Sini reached his goals of being one of the most consistent drivers on the grid, but he missed to step on the podium this season. In 2018, the Italian ended up third at Brands Hatch and brought home the only podium for Solaris Motorsport in EuroNASCAR history.

“With a little more of luck, we could have finished between the fastest ten of the championship, but unfortunately the engine failure in UK forced us to skip the first race, after the good fifth place on the grid in qualifying, and we lost many points. I’m happy about the growth of Naveh, it was his first year in car racing and he has matured so much during the season,” said Sini.

Talor finished 14th in the ELITE 2 Division after ending up inside the top-10 two times this season. The Israeli was only 35 points short off Jesse Vartiainen in tenth place. The 18-year-old race driver finished eighth in the races at Franciacorta and Most. The youngster was the eighth fastest rookie in the 2019 NWES season and infected by the NASCAR virus.

“It was an amazing first season and I still can’t believe I tried NASCAR and its cars. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity thanks to Team FJ and Solaris Motorsport. I want to thank the team for always pushing and supporting me, welcoming me into the family. And, for sure, also my family for allowing me to pursue my dream,” said Talor.

In 2020, Solaris Motorsport will return to the NWES for the team’s third season. While Sini is expected to back at the wheel of the #12 Chevrolet Camaro, Talor has to gather some budget over the winter to continue his NASCAR dream in the following year.