Mission first NWES title: Nicolo Rocca joins DF1 Racing

Mission first NWES title: Nicolo Rocca joins DF1 Racing
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Nicolo Rocca will race in the 2020 EuroNASCAR PRO championship for DF1 Racing – The Italian will replace Ander Vilarino and wants to win the title

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ander Vilarino, who was to compete for DF1 Racing for the first time in the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES), has announced his retirement until 2021. The Austrians have found a strong replacement for the Spaniard in Nicolo Rocca. The Italian has the potential to fight for the EuroNASCAR PRO title in the 2020 season.

Rocca, who has claimed four wins, 13 podiums and five pole positions in 62 starts, was one of the title candidates in 2019 until a crash at the final in Zolder threw him out of the decision. After all, the 26-year-old was ultimately ranked third overall. With his first NWES start in 2013, the Italian is a true EuroNASCAR veteran. So far he has driven for Scorpus Racing, CAAL Racing and PK Carsport.

The newcomer says: “I’m looking forward to finally getting started and to joining DF1 Racing. The team has already proven that it can be successful and is striving for more. Everyone there believes they can do that with me. This is exactly the kind of organization I want to race for and I will do my best to repay the trust placed in me by all the team members.”

After the strong 2019 season with an ENPRO victory at the NWES debut in Most, Czech Republic, the goal for the coming season is clearly formulated: the overall victory. DF1 Racing won the EuroNASCAR 2 title in 2019 with Lasse Sörensen and has all it takes to be successful. It was the first EuroNASCAR championship victory for the team in its history.

The NWES season 2020 kicks off on September 12-13 in Vallelunga, Italy. The technical course north of Rome will host a NWES race for the first time. Rocca will make his home race with his new team right at the beginning of the new season.

André Wiegold