NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

NWES youngster Jouffreau: I want to become a EuroNASCAR champion

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Paul Jouffreau got used to the EuroNASCAR car in Club Challenge – Next season he will compete in EuroNASCAR 2 – The Frenchman wants to become EuroNASCAR champion one day

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) regularity competition – the Club Challenge – offers drivers the opportunity to get used to the 400-horsepower EuroNASCAR cars with V8 engines and no driving aids. As in the case of Paul Jouffreau, the challenge is a real springboard for NWES rookies. The Frenchman wants to win the EuroNASCAR title in his career.

The 17-year-old still has a long way to go and will compete with Speedhouse in the EuroNASCAR 2 championship next year. Instead of just being consistent, Jouffreau will then have to work his way to the top with his pace and racing intelligence. In the 2021 season, he grabbed a solid third-place finish in the regularity based category.

“I was impressed with the car before my first start because it has impressive specifications,” Jouffreau told ‘Leadlap.net’. “The car gives you confidence because it’s not that tricky. But driving it fast is something else because there are no assistance systems. It’s just pure joy.”

Nicolo Gabossi, Gordon Barnes, Paul Jouffreau – Credits: Michael Großgarten / Leadlap.de

Jouffreau is very satisfied with the work of Speedhouse around team boss Lucas Lasserre. “I’m not the same rider I was at the first race in Valencia and that’s where I want to highlight Club Challenge, because it gave me the time to improve without having any pressure. That’s why I’ve built up a lot of confidence for next year after the final in Vallelunga.”

His first race in the 2022 EuroNASCAR 2 championship also marks the talent’s first competitive race in Europe’s official NASCAR series. “I have big goals for the 2022 season together with Lucas,” Jouffreau said. “I also know that with hard work we will have the opportunity to achieve them.”

The 17-year-old dreams of a title in the top category of EuroNASCAR in his career and can even imagine racing in the United States of America one day. He said: “My long-term goal is of course to become a EuroNASCAR champion. Why shouldn’t I think about an adventure in the States? We won’t skip a single step on the way.”