Alon Day celebrates EuroNASCAR flag-to-flag victory at Autodrom Most
Alon Day celebrated a start-finish victory at the Autodrom Most on Sunday – The Israeli now travels to Zolder as championship leader
On Satuday, Alon Day was still the big unlucky driver at the Autodrom Most. He got turned while leading the race but stormed back to fourth with a phenomenal comeback. In the second race of the EuroNASCAR PRO on Sunday, however, things went according to plan for the Israeli and he was able to turn pole position into victory. He also maintained his lead in the championship.
Day set the tone in the field from the start and quickly pulled away from his pursuers. Due to a late safety car phase, however, the battle for victory became even more exciting. At the restart, Alexander Graff and Liam Hezemans got alongside the Israeli, who defended his lead – even though Hezemans overshot the corner due to a missed breaking point.
“It’s the second time I’ve avoided a missile coming! I don’t know what happened there, I was a bit slow with the restart. I missed a shift and then Graff was on it, I had to say he’s a tough contender! He definitely deserves to be a contender for the championship. I’m just happy for the team, it didn’t work yesterday because of luck and this time it works so we can celebrate a bit. All I think about is the championship so I think we’re good with that and we will keep pushing to win more races!” said Day in the Victory Lane.
For the Dutchman, it was then a long way back. Graff, meanwhile, fought a thrilling duel with Day but also lost touch after a driving error and crossed the finish line in second place. Third place went to Gianmarco Ercoli.
Sebastiaan Bleekemolen and Vittorio Ghirelli completed the top-5. Giorgio Maggi finished the race in sixth place and thus also secured victory in the Junior Trophy. In the Challenger Trophy, Max Lanza was the winner. Henri Tuomaala was also initially in a promising position in this classification, but a wild ride in turn 1 meant that the Finn ultimately only finished the race in 21st place.
Riccardo Romagnoli and Romain Iannetta, who had already been penalized earlier for an incident with Armetta, were involved in a violent crash in the final corner on the last lap.
In just a few weeks, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers will be back on the track. The penultimate race of the season is scheduled for October 7 and 8 at the Circuit Zolder in Belgium. After the regular season finale, the drivers have to drop their two worst results of the last five events.