Next Sunday the new season of the V8 Oval Series kicks off at Raceway Venray – With Gil Linster, the Bachor Racingteam has found a second driver for the season opener
“The goal, of course, is to win races,” said Gil Linster, who will be competing for the Bachor Racing Team in the V8 Oval Series (V8OS) at Raceway Venray next Sunday. The Luxembourger will drive the #88 Chevrolet Camaro, which the team purchased from Patrick Heckhausen after the #21 car was destroyed in a fire earlier this year.
Around 14 drivers are expected on the grid of the V8OS season opener, so it won’t be easy for the experienced racer to make it to the top. With Barry Maessen, Ralph Verberkt and, of course, his new teammate Philipp Bachor, there are many drivers on the grid who have the potential to be the first under the checkered flag.
But Linster is coming to Venray with a lot of experience in his pockets: The 26-year-old drove a total of 23 races in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2017 and 2018 and achieved five top 5 results. In the 2019 V8OS season the Luxembourger competed for Hendriks Motorsport and collected a total of ten top 5 results. In early 2020 Linster made a strong Late Model debut in the USA at the New Smyrna Speedway, Florida.
About his start for the team from Wattenscheid he said: “They have top cars, top reliability and top drivers. With their experience at Raceway Venray I can even learn from them. We have really strong competition in the V8OS, the best oval racers in Europe. But I have confidence in the team that we will have a competitive package.”
Linster’s first plan was to make himself a name in the US in the 2020 season. Several races in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series were planned with TGS Competition, the team for which Linster also competed in New Smyrna. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on his plans. Whether Linster will contest further races for the Bachor family depends on the development of the current situation.