NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Suddenly in the EuroNASCAR PRO: Dallara convinces surprisingly

Michael Großgarten

Actually Davide Dallara should compete in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship in the 2020 NWES season – The Italian was quickly promoted to the EuroNASCAR PRO division

Not Only Motorsport actually wanted to celebrate its debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) with Fabio Spatafora in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship and Davide Dallara in the EuroNASCAR 2 series. But the team had to cancel its plans and promote NWES rookie Dallara to the top series of the NWES.

Spatafora only did the practice and qualifying in Vallelunga in the 2020 season. Afterwards he was not on the entry list anymore and Dallara jumped in. In his first EuroNASCAR PRO race in Italy, Dallara immediately finished tenth. He also scored his first win in the Challenger Trophy – the special classification for bronze and silver drivers. But the Italian missed the second race in Vallelunga.

Credits: Michael Großgarten

Not Only Motorsport also had to adjust its driver squad for the second NWES race at Circuit Zolder. Dallara, who was still competing in both championships in Italy, only started in the EuroNASCAR PRO series in Belgium. Igor Romanov, who was supposed to race in the regulatory based Club Challenge, made his EuroNASCAR 2 debut in the forests of Limburg.

Solid performances as a rookie

Dallara picked up exactly where he had left off in Italy: In the first race of the weekend he finished twelfth and secured second place in the Challenger Trophy behind Martin Doubek. In the second race he won the special classification in tenth place. But in which championship will the Italian contest the Most and Valencia races?

Dallara revealed to ‘Leadlap.net’: “It’s crazy and surprising, but I replaced my actual team mate in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship. I think that I will compete the rest of the season in this championship”. Romanov will continue to battle for points in the 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 championship.

Credits: Michael Großgarten

Dallara’s ability to compete in the front midfield of the EuroNASCAR PRO championship right from the start is not self-evident for him: “It was a good start to the season for me, I didn’t expect to be so competitive right away. But I’m still far behind the top 3, I’d like to catch up with them. But I’ve only been in the car twice, so I have to be patient.”

Cars are “great fun”

The experienced race driver likes the V8 powered EuroNASCAR cars without driving aids: “The cars are great fun, but they are also difficult to drive. I come from open wheel racing, which is why it is something completely different for me. I still have to get used to some things.”

The tough duels in the NWES are also something completely new for Dallara. “I had some really tough battles in Vallelunga, but I think that’s completely normal in this championship,” joked the Italian, who will take the wheel again for Not Only Motorsport at the Autodrom Most on November 14-15.