NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Hendriks Motorsport targets the NWES grand slam

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Bart Dehaese

The Dutch team Hendriks Motorsport aims to win all EuroNASCAR titles in 2021

Hendriks Motorsport is setting its goals high for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) in 2021. The squad led by team principal Roy Hendriks and Loris Hezemans, PRO champion of 2019, plans to finish at the top of all standings in the NWES season that begins in May. Winning the EuroNASCAR-PRO, EuroNASCAR-2 and team championships would thus mean a grand slam for the accomplished Dutch team. 

Particularly eye-catching is the fact that Hendriks seems intent on keeping the cockpits well stocked in all classes. For Hezemans it means that after three seasons with the number 50 he will now change to the number 7 and will get a new team mate in Martin Doubek for the EuroNASCAR-2. 

Tobias Dauenhauer, on the other hand, will continue to drive the number 50 in EuroNASCAR-2. After narrowly missing out on the title in his rookie season, the young German will now do everything he can to climb to the top in the forthcoming season. Vittorio Ghirelli, of all people, will be his new partner in the #50 in EuroNASCAR-PRO. It was the Italian who snatched the championship crown away from under Dauenhauer’s nose last year.

On board the #18, the third and last challenger from Hendriks’, Giorgio Maggi will continue to compete in EuroNASCAR-PRO. It is still unclear whether Maggi will have a teammate in EuroNASCAR-2.

Drivers are hungry for wins

After 12 wins out of 20 races as well as the EuroNASCAR-2 (Ghirelli) and team title (#50) in 2020, the team’s ambitions are certainly not made up out of thin air. Therefore, it is not surprising that the drivers are also correspondingly confident going into the new championship: “I still have an unfinished business in Valencia and therefore I am very motivated to start the season there,” says Dauenhauer. “The goal for 2021 is clear: I want to win the title and be on the top step of the podium at the end of the year.”

Ghirelli also has high goals for his debut in the PRO Championship right away: “I’m very happy to be driving the #50 Ford Mustang this year and competing for the EuroNASCAR PRO title. Our line-up in the team is great this year and we will push each other to the limit. The battle is on, let’s get it on!”

The Czech Doubek is not only looking forward to the new season, but also in particular to working with his new teammate: “I’m super excited to get back behind the wheel after the winter break. The year 2021 marks my seventh year in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and I want to fight for the EuroNASCAR 2 title and confirm the good form from 2020. I’m looking forward to working with Loris.”

Who will ultimately come out on top within the team given the strong driver pairings? The season opener at Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Spain) on 15 and 16 May will provide the first clues.