Oliver Webb and Vladimiros Tziortzis thrilled after experience on EuroNASCAR’s test track in Fontenay Le Comte, France
For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES), a summer camp was held on the NWES test track in Fontenay Le Comte (France) on 29th and 30th July 2020. After three two-day events each in winter when EuroNASCAR offered its recruitment programme, the series’ CEO Jerome Galpin made the most of the summer slump to let other interested drivers experience the NWES up close.
While under normal circumstances the season would already be in full swing, all sides are currently eagerly awaiting the start of the season on September 12th and 13th in Vallelunga (Italy) due to the Corona pandemic delay. Therefore, a perfect opportunity was made use of to meet the high interest in first NASCAR experience with another development test.
“It’s all manual”
In best summer weather, quite in contrast to the winter tests, a colourful mixture of drivers took to the wheel of the V8 machines. From seasoned veterans such as Thomas Ferrando and Lucas Lassere, who helped the newcomers with advice and support, to veteran WEC driver Oliver Webb, who told ‘Euronascar.com’ enthusiastically. “It was great to experience such a different car and meet the EuroNASCAR team,” said the 29-year-old Briton.
“It’s obviously a very different car from what I’m used to – from the LMP cars to the electric cars – since it’s all manual. It has power with very little downforce (…) Hopefully I can get more experience in the car soon.”
Vladimiros Tziortzis, who had already left a good mark in the virtual EuroNASCAR Esports Series, also took the opportunity to gain some more valuable experience before his upcoming EuroNASCAR 2 debut.
“We worked a lot on my driving style and I improved every time I went on track. This is the most important thing for now. I learned many things and I think we took a big step forward,” explained the first Cypriot NWES driver.
“Now we have to keep building from here and improving. I want to thank the whole NASCAR Whelen Euro Series staff for this chance to prepare for Vallelunga and also Lucas Lasserre for being next to me during two days. With his experience and his suggestions I was able to try many different things.”
Other drivers who gathered their first experience in the EuroNASCAR V8 cars include British BTCC driver Daniel Rowbottom, GT veteran Will Powell and only 18-year-old Leevi Lintukanto from Finland.