NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

EuroNASCAR 2 at Most: Dauenhauer shakes off his competitors

Michael Großgarten / Leadlap.de

Tobias Dauenhauer won both NWES races at Autdrom Most last weekend – The German extended his championship lead

The EuroNASCAR 2 races were dominated by Tobias Dauenhauer.
After celebrating his first win of the season at Brands Hatch, the young German scored a brilliant double victory at Most last weekend, further extending his lead in the overall standings.

Saturday’s race

Saturday’s race did not get off to the best possible start for Dauenhauer, as he rowed wildly through the gravel trap in the first chicane after the start. However, he did not lose control of his vehicle and still returned to the track in the lead. He further extended this lead in the course of the race and thus drove home a safe victory.

Second place was secured by the fast Indian Advait Deodhar at the wheel of the #56 CAAL Racing Ford Mustang. Third place went to Dauenhauer’s teammate and local hero Martin Doubek.

“The conditions were pretty difficult out there and it was quite slippery”, said the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship leader. “I made a small mistake in the beginning but I managed to open the gap on the second placed car. I’m very happy and really want to thank the Hendriks team for such a great car. It was tons of fun and I’m really looking forward to racing again tomorrow.”

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The winner in the Rookie Trophy was Iceboys DF1 Racing’s Finn Leevi Lintukanto, who was really fast and put his #23 Chevrolet in fourth overall. Second in this special classification was Vict Motorsport driver Paolo Valeri ahead of his compatriot Alberto Panebianco from Not Only Motorsport.

The Legend Trophy was won by CAAL Racing driver Max Lanza, with Yevgen Sokolovskyi of Marko Stipp Motorsport and Valeri completing the podium. Alina Loibnegger, who took the wheel for Solaris Motorsport, was delighted with her victory in the Lady Trophy. She relegated the experienced Arianna Casoli of CAAL Racing to second place.

Sunday’s race

Again it was Dauenhauer who crossed the finish line first. This was his third win of the season and his sixth top-5 result this season – in six starts. Dauenhauer is likely to have a say in the championship in the end. As on the previous day, the young German celebrated a start-finish victory that was not threatened at any time.

“I’m very happy at the moment and it was just a perfect weekend”, smiled the Most double winner. “As a team we showed such a great performance the whole weekend long – in the dry and in the wet. The car was just perfect, the Hendriks Motorsport team did a phenomenal job. I just gave my best and I have no words left to say but that it was a perfect weekend.”

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The race, however, was marked by all sorts of incidents. Lanza lost quite a few body parts early on, but dragged the woebegone Camaro to the finish in eighth place. Local hero Doubek, of all people, was hit harder: he had to retire early due to a broken axle, while Pierluigi Veronesi from DoubleV Racing made contact with Deodhar and neither driver finished the race.

Sokolovskiy missed a braking point and thus collided with Panebianco as well. He almost hit his teammate Miguel Gomes in the process. The unluckiest driver was Thomas Krasonis of Academy Motorsport Alex Caffi, who had fought his way up from 20th to tenth place in just four laps but then had to park his car.

42 Racings Francesco Garisto kept out of trouble, which in the end earned him second place overall. The podium was completed by Vladimiros Tziortzis, who drove a very solid race and, by his own admission, had not expected to finish on the podium.

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The Legend Trophy was won by Ian Eric Waden from DF1 Racing. Lanza and Gomes followed in second and third place. The latter also secured victory in the Rookie Trophy ahead of the young Austrian Loibnegger and Panebianco. It was also Gomes’ first ever top-10 result. Casoli secured victory in the Lady Trophy ahead of Loibnegger.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series returns in three weeks – on September 18 and 19 – for the NASCAR GP of Croatia at the Automotodrom Grobnik near Rijeka. Qualifying and all races will be broadcast on the Leadlap.de / Leadlap.net Facebook page.

Frank Reipen