Alina Loibnegger does not want to be behind in EuroNASCAR Pro
In 2023, Alina Loibnegger will be chasing points in the EuroNASCAR PRO for the first time of her career – She sees the promotion as an opportunity to improve further
Alina Loibnegger will compete in the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) EuroNASCAR PRO championship for the first time. For the Austrian, who competes for Racingfuel Motorsport from Switzerland, it’s a big career leap that should help further boost her learning curve to take the next step in the European NASCAR championship.
She sees the move up to EuroNASCAR’s highest class as a “new challenge” and Loibnegger is confident she can step it up and learn more in the top championship. “In terms of lap time, I improved in the first race, which was very important to me. But of course I definitely want to go even further up. For me, that’s not enough, so we’re working very hard with the team to make some bigger steps, to get faster,” says the Austrian in an interview with ‘Leadlap.net’.
The Racingfuel racer doesn’t want to be one or two seconds behind the rest. The goal, she says, is to keep up with the competitors, no matter what position emerges at the end of a race. She also wants to get an “even better feeling for the car” and work with her team on the fine tuning with what she can gain seconds und important hundreds of a second.
“In EuroNASCAR 2, I knew roughly where I was, what was possible and where I belonged. Of course, that’s new again now in the PRO, which means I’m actually starting from scratch,” Loibnegger emphasizes.
The Austrian sees the fact that she will also be competing for Racingfuel in the 2023 season as an advantage. “We work well together, and I think it’s already possible to perhaps grow even better and faster, because we simply already know each other and know what makes everyone tick,” says Loibnegger, who also feels very comfortable in the Swiss racing team.
This was also evident in the results the Austrian posted in her EuroNASCAR PRO debut at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. After finishing 21st on Saturday, she ended up 22nd out of 27 starters on Sunday. On Sunday, her performance was good enough for 17th place in the field of the best EuroNASCAR drivers.