First NWES race in Grobnik: The driver’s carousel continues to spin

First NWES race in Grobnik: The driver’s carousel continues to spin
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On the upcoming weekend, the NWES visits the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia for the very first time – Some teams changed their driver line ups

A total of 45 drivers and 22 cars were entered for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) race at the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia. For rounds five and six, there will be changes in the driver line ups of some teams, which will certainly stir up both championships. In addition, some drivers will miss the races on the Croatian Riviera.

The most famous name in EuroNASCAR is missing on the entry list: Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian has commitments in the Formula 1 race in Turkey and therefore cannot travel to Croatia. Also his team mate Patrick Lemarie will miss the races in Croatia. But Feed Vict Racing has decided to give Simon Pilate the opportunity to compete in both championships – the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 series.

Alex Caffi Motorsport, on the other hand, welcomes a newcomer. In the EuroNASCAR PRO championship, Croatian hillclimb legend Niko Pulic will drive the #1 Ford Mustang and share the car with Vladimiros Tziortzis from Cyprus. Pulic will make his NWES debut on his home track, which is about four kilometers long.

Comeback in Croatia

Martin Doubek not only won both EuroNASCAR 2 races at Circuit Zolder during the last race weekend, but also pulled double duties because Daniel Rowbottom was unable to start in the EuroNASCAR PRO Series. The Briton is expected back at the wheel of the #7 Ford Mustang in Croatia.

Giovanni Trione is set to race again in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, after he missed the race weekend in Belgium for professional reasons. He shares the #31 CAAL Racing car with his father, Mauro Trione, who will compete in the EuroNASCAR PRO division.

New line up for Marko Stipp Motorsport

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42 Racing will not be travelling to Croatia. Therefore, a solution had to be found for Francesco Garisto, who has so far cut a fine figure in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship in the 2020 season. The Italian will be competing during the race weekend in Croatia for Marko Stipp Motorsport from Germany and will drive the #46 Chevrolet Camaro.

But this is not the only new addition to the German team, which has its base in Venray, Netherlands. For the EuroNASCAR PRO championship, the racing team has secured the services of Wilfried Boucenna. The champion of 2009 will start in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship. In his career, the Frenchman has so far competed in 93 NWES races (since 2012) – 77 of them in the EuroNASCAR-PRO division.

Yevgen Sokolovskiy will compete in both championships, as he did in Zolder. The Ukrainian racing for Marko Stipp Motorsport will drive the car with the #48 Chevrolet. Another new name on the EuroNASCAR 2 entry list is Frank Riedel, who will take the wheel of the #99 Chevrolet by DF1 Racing. He has already made his debut in the Club Challenge in Zolder.

André Wiegold