NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Focus on the 2022 season: That’s why Fred Gabillon didn’t race in Grobnik

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NWES veteran Frederic Gabillon has retired from the 2021 EuroNASCAR season, effective immediately – However, the Frenchman will not put his helmet away as planned after this season, but will attack again in 2022

Frederic Gabillon is a true veteran of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES). The Frenchman had actually planned to hang up his helmet after the 2021 season. However, the EuroNASCAR PRO season went anything but according to plan for the 45-year-old and RDV Competition, which is why he announced not to retire after this season. On the downside, the race driver from Uzes will end the 2021 season with immediate effect.

That’s why Gabillon hasn’t been competing in Grobnik, Croatia, lately. But how has the season gone for him so far? At the season opener in Valencia he had to settle for eleventh place in both races, and at Brands Hatch he finished seventh and tenth. In the first race in Most, Czech Republic, he recorded his best result of the season so far with sixth place, while in the second race it was enough for seventh place.

These are not the goals Gabillon had set himself, especially as he has always had a weighty say in the championship standings in the EuroNASCAR PRO championship up to now. The Frenchman has already found the reason for the bad performance: The new car simply doesn’t suit the experienced NWES driver, which is why he already wants to focus on 2022.

“The new chassis fitted this winter is big crap,” Gabillon said on his Facebook page. “After trying everything on three race weekends, we decided as a team together with my partners that it’s not a good idea to throw money down the drain. So going forward, we’re going to go with an old chassis to be in a better position in 2022.”

Although Gabillon’s season appears to have come to an early end for this year, his originally planned retirement is no longer valid and he intends to attack again next year. Regardless, his RDV teammate Ulysse Delsaux will contest the remainder of the season in the #10 RDV Competition car as planned. That’s why the French team around Franck Violas was at the start in Grobnik with only one car.

Frank Reipen