NWES 2020: Loris Hezemans gets team mate from Germany

NWES 2020: Loris Hezemans gets team mate from Germany
Michael Großgarten

Hendriks Motorsport has found its drivers for the #50 Ford Mustang for the 2020 NWES season – In addition to title defender Loris Hezemans, Tobias Dauenhauer from Germany will take over the wheel

Loris Hezemans will defend his title with Hendriks Motorsport in the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES). The Dutchman will get a new team mate: Tobias Dauenhauer from Germany will go on the hunt for points in the #50 Ford Mustang in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship, while Hezemans will start again in the EuroNASCAR PRO.

Dauenhauer is 22 years old and was born in Heppenheim. In 2017 he has made the leap from karting to professional racing. First he competed in the VLN at the Nürburgring before he gained a lot of experience in the GT4 and GT3 sport in 2018 and 2019. For the 2020 season the German was looking for a new challenge.

“I’m happy to join the championship winning team Hendriks Motorsport and the European NASCAR series in 2020,” said Dauenhauer. “I’m proud to be part of the team and I’m confident that we can compete with the frontrunners in the upcoming season. I want to learn a lot from them and develop as a race car driver. I cannot wait for the season to start and face this new challenge. I’m really motivated.”

Credits: Tobias-Dauenhauer.de

For Hezemans, his new teammate is not an unknown person: “I know him because we drove the 2018 Spa 24h together. He did GT4 racing and was looking for something new in 2020. We introduced him to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and this started to get things rolling. He was part of the DRP and did a good job during the test.”

Hezemans wants the second title in a row

It is an absolute success story: In 2018 both Hezemans and Hendriks Motorsport entered the NWES. In the first year not everything went well, but the Dutchman still won the Junior Trophy. Just one year later Hezemans and Hendriks Motorsport secured the NWES title and the championship win in the team classification. In 2020, the mission is to defend the titles.

“We showed last year that we had a really good outfit,” said the 22-year-old Amsterdam native. “We not only managed to win the Drivers Championship with me but also the Teams Championship. We really showed what we’re capable of doing. I think we can definitely do the same this year.”

Hezemans and Dauenhauer will compete together for the first time at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on April 25-26. It is already the seventh edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest under the Spanish sun.

André Wiegold