NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Leonardo Colavita sets new record: Youngest NWES driver in history

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Leonardo Colavita has set a new record at the NWES round in Grobnik, Croatia – At 16 years and three days, the Italian is the youngest EuroNASCAR driver in history

New record in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES): At 16 years and three days, Leonardo Colavita made his debut in the EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 championship at the Automotodrom Grobnik in Croatia. This toppled Ben Creanor from the throne, who previously held the record in the EuroNASCAR 2 series at 16 years and 29 days. For Colavita from Italy, the double duties in Croatia were a true challenge.

“It’s really tough,” the Vict driver said after Saturday’s EuroNASCAR 2 race. “You do a lot of miles and it’s not so easy to stay fit and hydrated. But if you manage it right, it’s great fun because I get to race more and pass more. It’s always better to spend more time on the track.”

Prior to his debut in the two competitive NWES championships, Colavita gained his first experience in the EuroNASCAR V8 car at Most in the Club Challenge – the regularity based challenge. There, consistency and perfect laps were the key to success, but how was the transition to the EuroNASCAR 2 and EuroNASCAR PRO championships for the youngster?

Colavita (right) next to Ercoli (middle) and Delsaux (left) – Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

He replied: “Consistency is still very important in this race because it’s about being fast on every lap – for 14 and 17 laps respectively. The aggressiveness is clearly higher in this category because you have to battle with the competition and beat them. Here, someone doesn’t just wave you past. But it’s more fun that way.”

A look at the results reveals that Colavita settled in well to the NWES world in his first race weekend. He picked up a 13th and a 14th place finish in EuroNASCAR PRO, putting him on the podium twice for drivers 25 and under – in the so-called Junior Trophy.

In the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, the Vict driver shone with an eleventh and a 13th place. In the first race he even rounded off the Rookie Trophy podium for newcomers to the championship. The next EuroNASCAR race takes place on October 9 and 10 in Zolder, Belgium – a track that is completely different from Grobnik and will present Colavita with a new challenge.