Loris Hezemans still had to fear for his title in the last race of the 2021 NWES season in Vallelunga – In the end, three points decided the title battle
Loris Hezemans was the defining driver in the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) season, but the battle for the title ended up being much closer than it initially looked. In the final race of the season at the Autodromo di Vallelunga, several drivers were still able to take the championship win, which is why Hezemans was under enormous pressure.
In the end, the Dutchman in the service of Hendriks Motorsport secured the title with a lead of just three points. At first, Hezemans couldn’t believe that he had won his second title. “But when I finally came down pit lane and saw that we were in Victory Lane and had actually won the championship, it hit me,” said the Hendriks driver in an interview with ‘EuroNASCAR.com’.
Hezemans calculates in the car
In doing so, Hezemans did the math in the car throughout the race: “I lost a spot. Okay, what does that mean for your championship? I lost another place. And what does that mean? So in a way, I was racing and calculating at the same time, which is also an interesting combination.”
But the maths didn’t start with the races in Italy, but much earlier. Hezemans still contested all the races up to Grobnik, but at Zolder the Dutchman had to sit out because he was testing the Next Gen Cup car in the US and competing in the Xfinity Series at the Charlotte Roval.
“In terms of the championship in the NWES, however, it was a bit difficult,” the 24-year-old pointed out. However, Hezemans did not let this put him off his guard. On the contrary, he concentrated on “the big picture” and that was not a possible podium in Italy, but his second NWES title with the Dutch top team around Roy and Joep Hendriks.