NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

2021 EuroNASCAR Esports Series: Deflandre dominates season opener

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Guillaume Hesnault /

Guillaume Deflandre from Belgium won the opening round of the virtual EuroNASCAR Esports Series at Daytona International Speedway for Speedhouse

The first round of the 2021 EuroNASCAR Esports Series (ENES) was dominated in commanding fashion by Guillaume Deflandre at the wheelo f his SpeedHouse Chevrolet. Deflandre already prevailed in the first heat ahead of Hendriks Motorsport driver Tobias Dauenhauer and third-placed Ulysse Delsaux, who competes for RDV Competition, by 8.1 seconds.

The second heat was won by three-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Alon Day. Simon Pilate sorted himself into second place ahead of Alessandro Brigatti.

Deflandre benefited from a perfect start in the main race, pulling away from Day and Dauenhauer in the first few corners. The SpeedHouse driver led all 16 laps of the race and crossed the finish line a full 11 seconds clear of Day as well as Delsaux to take his first win of the season. Dauenhauer held his starting position and finished fourth ahead of Brigatti.

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Guillaume Hesnault /

On our own behalf: boss André Wiegold was on the grid as the in-car reporter and finished the main race in 28th place. He commentated the race from his virtual cockpit with EuroNASCAR commentator Mark Werrell from Great Britain.

The second round of the ENES takes place on February 23 at the Indy circuit of Brands Hatch in virtual England. The popular American SpeedFest takes place there in reality on July 3 and 4.

Tobias Kantert