NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

ENES 2021: Defending champion Andre Castro wins at virtual Hockenheim

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Guillaume Hesnault

Reigning ENES champion Andre Castro has won the first virtual race at the Hockenheimring – The US American is only racing part-time in the 2021 season

Defending EuroNASCAR Esports Series (ENES) champion Andre Castro won his first race of this year’s season at the Hockenheimring for DF1 Racing. The American dominated the race and ultimately defeated Tobias Dauenhauer. Phillip Bereswill drove the Hockenheimring team to third place. Guillaume Deflandre and Dauenhauer are separated by just six points before the final round at Zolder.

Castro grabbed pole position in the first heat race and led the field in dominant fashion for the ten minutes. Behind him, Deflandre and Ulysse Delsaux finished second and third. The second heat race was also decided by Dauenhauer from pole position, leaving both Bereswill and Paul Jouffreau in second and third.

In the main race, Castro was invincible. The DF1 Racing driver led the entire race from pole position and finished 11.4 seconds ahead of Dauenhauer. Dauenhauer had his hands full fighting for this second place. Only on the last lap did he pass his rival Deflandre.

Fourth in this group was Bereswill. Simon Pilate celebrated his first top-5 finish of the season with a solid but rather unspectacular race. Jouffreau and Henri Tuomaala finished the race in sixth and seventh place, followed by Stefano Guastaveglie, who had to start from position 17. Santtu Vuoksenturja and Naveh Talor completed the top 10.

The 2021 ENES season will conclude on April 6 at the virtual Circuit Zolder. Deflandre leads Dauenhauer by six points while Pilate, with 29 points, has little chance of winning the title.

Tobias Kantert