EuroNASCAR 2: Dauenhauer and Doubek separated by three points
Tobias Dauenhauer and Martin Doubek are separated by just three points ahead of the EuroNASCAR Finals in Vallelunga – As double points are distributed, up to 176 points can still be scored
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) will visit Italy’s Autodromo di Vallelunga on October 30 and 31. The EuroNASCAR 2 Finals promises pure excitement and action as Tobias Dauenhauer and Martin Doubek are separated by just three points. As double points are awarded, a maximum of 176 points can still be collected with the bonus points. Each position can decide who takes the title in 2021.
Dauenhauer came away empty-handed at Circuit Zolder last time out because Naveh Talor took his first ever NWES victory in the first race – it was also the first win for Not Only Motorsport – and he was unable to get past Doubek in the second race. With third and fourth places, he nevertheless secured important points in the championship fight.
The German, like every other EuroNASCAR 2 driver, was allowed to drop his two worst results from the regular season after the NASCAR GP of Belgium, which is why he has 298 points in his pockets before the finale in Italy. Over the course of the season, the Hendriks driver collected four wins and nine top-five results. His greatest strength is his consistency, as he finished in the top 10 in all races.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old is only three points ahead of Doubek, who is also having a strong season. For Doubek, the knot was untied in 2020 at Zolder, when the Czech not only won his first NWES race, but also scored a double victory straight away. In the 2021 season, Doubek won one race at Circuit Zolder in the Hendriks Ford Mustang.
Mathematically, numerous drivers still have a chance at the title in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, but Dauenhauer and Doubek go into the final event of the season as the clear favorites. Vladimiros Tziortzis, who was on pole for the first time at Zolder, is 24 points behind in third and could still dust off the title for Academy Motorsport if Dauenhauer and Doubek slip up at Vallelunga.
Zolder winner Naveh Talor and Brands Hatch winner Advait Deodhar would need a lot of help at the finale to get back in the title fight, but the NWES junior class is always good for surprises. While Talor is 43 points off the lead, Deodhar is 50 points behind in fifth. Behind them are Justin Kunz (-53 points) and Simon Pilate and Alberto Panebianco, each with a 60-point deficit to Dauenhauer.
Panebianco clearly leads the Rookie Trophy ahead of Leevi Lintukanto. The Italian from Not Only Motorsport has a 41-point lead over the Finn from DF1 Racing. Miguel Gomes from Marko Stipp Motorsport is third overall in 15th place. In the Legend Trophy, things are pretty damn close: Max Lanza leads by twelve points over Yevgen Sokolovskiy. Arianna Casoli leads the Lady Trophy for Alina Loibnegger by 25. The 2021 NWES final will be held on October 30 and 31 at the Autodromo di Vallelunga.