Matthias Hauer: German NASCAR driver thrilled by Most
The NWES race in the Czech Republic was a complete success for Matthias Hauer – But the German driver was also thrilled by the event
The race weekend at Autodrom Most was probably one of the most spectacular in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES). In addition to Alberto Naska – who won both EuroNASCAR 2 races – Matthias Hauer also had every reason to be happy. The German finished in the top 15 in both races and showed that he can celebrate personal success with Speedhouse.
On Saturday, he achieved his best ever finish in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship with eleventh place. He also benefited from numerous accidents and safety car periods in a chaotic race. However, Hauer did not know at the time that he had also finished on the podium in the Legend Trophy for drivers aged 40 and more.
Roberto Benedetti was on the podium at the awards ceremony after the race, but the Italian received a post-race time penalty. “I only found out on Sunday morning that I would still have been on the podium in the Legend Trophy,” says Hauer in an interview with ‘Leadlap.net’.
On Sunday, the German continued his strong performance from the previous day with 15th place. In the Legend classification, however, he narrowly missed out on another podium. Unlike the previous day, the race was less chaotic, which is why many race laps were run under green – probably also because the drivers had been given “a little announcement” by race director Philippe Godet.
But it wasn’t just in sporting terms that Hauer was completely satisfied with the race weekend in Most. The Speedhouse driver was also enthusiastic about the event itself. “It’s really awesome, the fans are great. They know their stuff and they’re rooting for you. They make the laola for you, that’s really indescribable,” the lawyer from Hesse is pleased.
In addition, the joint weekend with the European Truck Championship is part of the charm of the event for the German. “The guys, they are really in a good mood,” he says. The horn concert and the light show on Saturday evening also impressed Hauer. The next NWES event will take place on October 8-9 at Circuit Zolder, but without Hauer, who only is a part-time driver in the 2022 season.