Matthias Hauer experiences mixed season in EuroNASCAR 2

Matthias Hauer experiences mixed season in EuroNASCAR 2
Credits: Michael Großgarten / Leadlap.de

For Matthias Hauer, the 2022 season in EuroNASCAR 2 was a rollercoaster ride – With eleventh place in Most, he achieved his best career result

As in previous years, Matthias Hauer only raced part-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) in the 2022 season. In addition to the races in Valencia and Most, Zolder was also on his schedule. However, the Speedhouse driver from Germany skipped the finale at Grobnik. A look back at his races shows that Hauer is on the right track.

Nevertheless, the German’s season was marked by ups and downs. At the season opener in Valencia, the Speehouse driver finished in 26th place twice. In a chaotic Saturday race at the Autodrom Most, Hauer benefited from numerous incidents and a penalty against Roberto Benedetti, but kept the car clean on the track and thus out of all trouble.

In the end, he finished eleventh – the best result of his NWES career so far. In the Legend Trophy, the German finished third and was thus allowed to climb onto the podium. On Sunday, the Speedhouse driver continued his strong performance of the previous day with 15th place and drove another solid race. The race days in the Czech Republic have shown where the journey can go for the lawyer from Hessen if he has a problem-free weekend.

In his personal season finale at the Circuit Zolder, he was good enough for 22nd and 20th place, but the weekend went anything but smoothly for the team. “We had problems with the number 40 car,” says Hauer in an interview with ‘Leadlap.net’. The cause was a leaking fuel line, and the engine also drew air.

Credits: Michael Großgarten / Leadlap.de

But that wasn’t the only problem the German had to contend with in Belgium. The brakes also caused difficulties. “In the Villeneuve chicane, the brakes were already getting very soft, so I had to pump,” explains Hauer, who was unable to push his limits in the Limburg woods. Two turns later, the only way out was through the emergency exit.

In order to still score some points for the overall standings, the team changed a brake pad and sent Hauer back out on the track. “Because of the technical problems, everyone in the team was a little tense. Apart from that, of course, the weekend was a lot of fun again,” emphasizes Hauer, who thanks his team Speedhouse for the non-stop effort in Belgium.

Hauer is probably also planning to make further starts in Europe’s official NASCAR series in 2023. Before the official season opener on May 6-7 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, the series will host an All-Star race on ice in Rovaniemi, Finland, on March 4-5. It is not yet known which events Hauer will compete in during the 2023 NWES season. The self-confessed NASCAR fan is certainly keen to improve his performance and attack again next year.

Simon Mones and André Wiegold